Today in Coast Guard History – December 28

  • 1835 – The “Dade Battle” occurred when Seminole Indians ambushed and massacred Major Francis Langhorne Dade and his Army command while they were on the march on Fort King Road from Fort Brooke to reinforce the troops at Fort King (Ocala). This massacre was the immediate cause of the Second Seminole War in which the Revenue Cutter Service played an important role.
  • 1857 – The light was first illuminated in the Cape Flattery Lighthouse, located on Tatoosh Island at the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Washington. “Because of Indian trouble it was necessary to build a blockhouse on Tatoosh Island before even commencing the construction of the lighthouse. Twenty muskets were stored in the blockhouse, and then the lighthouse work began.”
  • 1903 – An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to the non-contiguous territory of the Hawaiian Islands.

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