28 December 1835 — Bushnell, Florida
In late December, 1835, Major Dade left Tampa Florida for Ocala, a distance of 98 miles. With him are 106 men, a six-pounder field piece and a wagon with rations for ten days. On the morning of December 28, the company was 35 miles from Ocala and they were marching along a road near the present day Busnell, where the country was covered with palmettoes. On the western side of the road the Seminoles were concealed in the palmettoes, waiting for the approach of the soldiers. A sudden volley from their rifles killed half the command. Major Dade was one of the first that fell. The survivors rallied quickly and temperarly drove the Seminole back. Then they hastily made a small triangular breastwork of pine trees (see photo). In less than an hour the Seminoles attack again, and killed most of the survivals. Only two men escaped back to Tampa and tell the story of the ambush. Some accounts listed a third survivor from the ambush, but failed to make back to Tampa.
The Seminole, while winning a temperary victory, it got rest of the America mad, and soon large American Army arrived in Florida and the Second Seminole War has begun. It lasted until 1842. Today, the city of Dade City and Dade County ( Miami ) were named in honor of Major Dade.