Jefts (Jeffory), John

Rank: Private

Unit: F Co, 2d Dragoons

Enlisted: December 27, 1836 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was 26.

Date of birth: 1810

Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts

Occupation prior to enlistment: Musician

Campaign: Second Seminole War

Died: 23 July 1839

Age at death: 28 yrs

Cause of death: Killed in action

Location of fatality: Caloosahatchie, Florida,

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

Notes: 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.