Bigelow, John

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: E Co, 2d Dragoons

Enlisted: January 19, 1837 in New York, New York. He was 21.

Date of birth: 1816

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Occupation prior to enlistment: Hostler

Campaign: Second Seminole War

Died: 23 July 1839

Age at death: 23 yrs

Cause of death: Killed in action

Location of fatality: Caloosahatchie, Florida

Place of interment: Saint Augustine National Cemetery in Saint Augustine, Florida

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Notes: Harney massacre. On July 23, 1839 the Seminoles under Chakaika and Hospetarke attacked and burned the trading post on the Caloosahatchee River where it meets the bay, at the modern city of Cape Coral, killing most of the soldiers and settlers there. Of the lives lost that day, under command of Colonel William S. Harney, only the Dade Massacre and the Battle of Okeechobee had more casualties during the Seminole War.

July 23, 1839 – Caloosahatchee River, Fla., trading house on, 7 miles above Charlotte Harbor. Det. Co’s A, C, D, E, F, 2d Dragoons. Of the 19 Dragoons in the detachment, 11 were killed and two wounded.