Fort Armstrong Gazette

March 08


President’s Message

The 27th Reenactment of Dade’s Battle, December 29th and 30th, 2007, was the best one, so far with which I have been associated.  The success was due largely to the planning and work done by the park staff weeks and months ahead of time.  I would like to take a moment and sincerely thank park manager, Tracey Standridge, and the personnel at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.  The sound system worked well and off-site parking was handled efficiently.

I would also like to thank Kent Lowe and Frank Laumer for their narration of the battle.  If you have attended other reenactments, you know that their descriptive narrative sets the Dade Reenactment apart from other similar events.  We have also been blessed that Steve Abolt and Ray Giron have continued to help with the staging of the battle.  I would also like to thank Jimmy Sawgrass and Paul Morrison for their continued support and help.  Also, Gary Fischer and his cannon crew help make the reenactment complete. What a great living history experience our reenactors provide for the public!  Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Dade Battlefield Society Board, society members and local volunteers who worked so hard to assist us this year.  We had new people at the gate and they ran it very smoothly.  The South Sumter NJROTC handled the parking this year and the park staff and board are quite pleased that they actually want to do it again next year!  If I have missed anyone, I apologize as there are so many people that make the reenactment happen.  I hope to see all of you again next year on January 3rd  and 4th, 2009.

Jean McNary

Reenactment Report

Attendance: Saturday was over 1800 and Sunday almost 900, a little less than last year, but the gate was about the same since we didn’t offer the $1.00 off coupon.

Expenditures: $14,000.00 with revenue slightly over $16,000.00.

Summary:  This event is funded because of the support of the park and the assistance of the many volunteers.  As you can see, it is not a money maker.  Our goal is to educate the public about this historic battle and we have now done that for 27 years.

Reenactment Awards

The winners of the various awards at the Dade Battle Reenactment were as follows:

            Musket Loading Contest – Gordon Mood
            Tomahawk Throwing Contest – Kenneth Wood
            Best Camp Soldier – Charles Mood
            Best Soldier Costume – Andy Dean
            Best Camp Seminole – John Griffin
            Best Seminole Costume – Eric Snyder

Thank you for all who participated in the contests.

Third Annual Dade Swap Meet

Please note that the Third Annual Swap Meet has been moved from the Saturday before Father’s Day to August 16 for this year.  It was the Board’s opinion that we might get a better turnout if the event was not scheduled on the same weekend as Father’s Day.  Accordingly, we are trying out a new date.  For information concerning the event, please contact John DeLancett at (407) 644-8253, or email him at frentrapper@embarqmail.com. Also, you can go to the Society’s website to review the rules and application forms: http://www.dadebattlefield.com/index.html.

A Very Important Appeal to the Membership

The Dade Battlefield Society has tried to bring in new members, but, as with many organizations, they are people who work extremely hard and get tired.  If the planning and presentation of the reenactment is to continue, the board needs to add new directors.  Some current board members drive long distances and some have encountered tough personal situations.  The board is attempting to get local people involved again.  The membership and reenactment roll has been culled to those who have assisted or participated in the last 3 years.  If you know of someone who has not gotten this newsletter, they are no longer on the mailing list and need to contact a board member.  Either a mistake was made, or they need to fill out a new application.  Please help us and get involved, or give us the name of people whom you think might be interested in serving on the board or otherwise helping.


The monthly board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Dade Lodge at the Dade Battlefield.  Meetings are open to all members.

April 8
May 13
June 9 Annual Membership Meeting and Elections – 6:30 PM Dade’s Lodge
July 8
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Cannon Update

Gary Fischer has had the cannon repaired and it will be ready to use at the January 3rd and 4th , 2009, 28th reenactment.  Thank you Gary and Doug Killian for obtaining the wheels and having them repaired.  This was a safety issue and it was critical that the work be done.  The Society Board and the Park are very thankful for your assistance. 


After one year, we still do not have a treasurer for the Society.  We shall be investigating hiring an accountant to do the work as this job is critical for any non-profit organization.

Announcing By-Laws Changes

A board committee is considering some changes in the bylaws and has suggested that the board add a category defining the membership (Article 3) to include “contributing” member.  This would allow the society to keep names of reenactors or volunteers, who do not pay dues, on the mailing list for the newsletter.  The committee is also looking at adding a description of the nominating process for the board to the bylaws (Article 5).





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