Here on this hill top on October 21, 1834, a 30 year old, unknown Seminole warrior stepped forward in a meeting with the Army and Indian Agent and defiantly challenged the U.S. Government's Orders that he and his people leave Florida forever. His name was As-In-Ya-Ho-La or Osceola. By his spirit, he united the hereditary chiefs of the Seminoles to stand with him against the Removal Order and fight for their Freedom and Liberty.
Once in battle, Osceola outmaneuvered, defeated, or fought to a draw, every U.S. General thrown against him. Captured under a 'White Flag of Truce', he died in prison at the age of 34. Considered by the Army a noble foe, they inscribed on his headstone at Fort Moultrie, SC "Osceola, Patriot and Warrior died January 30, 1838". To the Army he was a patriot who had been wronged by the Government. Osceola remains the most famous American Indian in the World and it was here on this hill top that he first became known to the world.