30 December 2013

Lt. Sherwood And The Battle Of Martin's Point

Second Lieutenant Walter Sherwood was killed on December 28, 1840, as he was escorting an officer's wife near Fort Micanopy in Florida in an incident known as the Battle Of Martin's Point:


7th Regiment of Infantry
Sherwood, Walter, 2d lieut. Co. "K," died near Fort Micanopy December 28, 1840; while escorting Mrs. Montgomery from Micanopy to [Fort] Wacahoota...


Lieutenant Sherwood's death and circumstances surrounding it noted in Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General Main Series 1822-1860, at the NARA via Fold3:

The Battle of Martin's Point from Southern History:

"Within twenty yards from a hammock, they were fired upon; two privates were killed. Lieutenant Sherwood rallied the group to defend themselves. He persuaded Mrs. [Elizabeth Fanny or Sarah] Montgomery to dismount and get into the wagon, when she was shot in the breast."

"Lieutenant [Nevil] Hopson returned to Micanopy for reinforcements. Lieutenant Sherwood and the remaining party fought hand to hand with the advancing Indians."


"Her husband [Lieutenant Montgomery] arrived on the ground soon after, but she was dead, and a soldier [Private Lansing Burlington] was lying by her side in the agonies of death, but had strength enough to say to her husband, "Lieutenant, I fought for your wife as long as I could," and then expired!  Mrs. Montgomery was an accomplished lady from Cincinnati and had not been married but about three weeks."

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