Sumter County, Florida, originally named Sumpter, became a county on January 8, 1853. The county was named in honor of the Revolutionary War hero, General Thomas Sumter, who died in Sumter, South Carolina.
The Dade Battlefield Historic Site is a historical landmark in Sumter County. This The Seminole resistance to relocating to a reservation brought about the Second Seminole War.
It started on December 28,1835, when a column of 107 soldiers led by Major Dade were ambushed by the Seminole warriors at the Dade Battle in Sumter County, Florida. "Have a good heart; our difficulties and dangers are over now, and as soon as we arrive at Fort King you'll have three days to rest and keep Christmas gaily." Major Francis L. Dade spoke these words of encouragement to 107 cold, tired soldiers in a pine forest on the morning of December 28, 1835.
Within eight hours, only three soldiers would survive the battle that marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War.