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David A Moniac

Also Known As: "Tate Moniac"
Birthdate: (33)
Birthplace: Pinchong Creek, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
Death: November 21, 1836 (33)
Withlacochee Remote Primitive, Pasco County, Florida, United States (Shot and sank in stream, Wahoo Swamp, Florida (Buried in unmarked grave near scene))
Place of Burial: Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Takkes-Hadjo Moniac and Elizabeth Takkes-Hadjo
Husband of Mary Dalphine Powell and Margaret Powell
Father of Margaret J Moniac and David Alexander Moniac
Brother of Margaret Peggy Moniac; Alexander Dixon Moniac; Lavitia Moniac; Sam Moniac and Tildy Moniac

Occupation: Military
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About David A Moniac

David Moniac was the first Indian ever admitted to West Point Military Acadamy. He was enrolled from 18 Sept. 1817 until 1 Jul. 1822 when he was appointed to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Lt. Moniac returned home, and gave up his commission in order to take care of his fathers business. When the Seminole War of 1836 erupted he rejoined the military and was appointed Captain of a Creek Indian Voluntier Regement on 17 Aug. 1836. On the 15 Nov. 1836 he was appointed to the rank of Major and sent into Florida to subdue the Seminole. While crossing Wahoo Swamp a band of renegade Seminole shot and killed him on 21 Nov. 1836. Major Moniac was 34 years old. It is sad because this band of renegades was led by his wife's first cousin, Billy Powell. Billy came to be known as Osceola.


Inscription: "He was as brave and gallant a man as ever drew a sword or faced an enemy." Maj. Gen. T.S. Jessup


David Moniac, (December 1802 – November 21, 1836) was an American soldier and first Native American graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1822. Moniac was killed at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp.

David Moniac was the son of mixed ancestry Creeks, Sam Moniac and Elizabeth Weatherford. He was the nephew of the Creek leader William Weatherford and the grand-nephew of Alexander McGillivray. The Moniac family lived in present-day Montgomery County, Alabama. His father served with the U.S. forces in the Creek War.

Sam Moniac's service and a provision for the education of the Creeks in the Fort Jackson Treaty were most likely the reasons for David Moniac’s selection to West Point in 1817. Before arriving at the academy Moniac studied with a tutor, John McLeod in Washington, D.C. Even with the tutoring he needed to repeat a year, graduating 39 out of 40 in 1822. Upon graduation he received a brevet commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 6th U.S. Infantry Regiment. Moniac never reported to his regiment, and resigned in December 1822, returning to Baldwin County, Alabama to become a cotton planter.

With the outbreak of the Second Seminole War, Moniac was commissioned as a Captain in August 1836 in the Creek Mounted Volunteers, a volunteer regiment of Creek warriors led by white officers on leave from regular units. David Moniac was promoted to Major after a few months, and was the only Native American officer in the unit. The regiment patrolled and skirmished with the Seminoles on Withlacoochee River, Florida.

In November General Richard K. Call took a force of 2500 regular soldiers, the Creek volunteers, and Tennessee and Florida militia from Ft. Drane to the Wahoo Swamp on the Withlacoochee River to find and destroy the stronghold of Seminole Chief Jumper. In what would become known as Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Call's force attacked an estimated mixed force of 600 Seminole and African-Americans and their families. The deep water blocked the American force. Moniac ran ahead into the water to encourage his men to cross. He was shot down by the Seminoles. General Call called off the attack after taking fierce fire from the Seminole camp and being unsure if the water was fordable.

The American dead from the battle were buried with those from the nearby Dade's Massacre site. Later all bodies would be moved to St. Augustine. Major Moniac would be moved to the Florida National Cemetery in the 1990s. The new cemetery is only a few miles from the Wahoo Swamp Battlefield.

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David A Moniac's Timeline

December 25, 1802
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
September 18, 1817
- July 1, 1822
Age 14
West Point Military Academy
January 20, 1833
Age 30
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, United States
Age 32
August 17, 1836
- November 15, 1836
Age 33
Seminole War
November 21, 1836
Age 33
Pasco County, Florida, United States
November 21, 1836
Age 33
Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, United States