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Florida's First Muster - 4

Noted Florida artist Jackson Walker spreads soil from the 1838 Battle of Kanapaha Prairie onto the parade field at the St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, Fla., Sept. 13, 2013. Walker is a descendent of militia Capt. Stephen V. Walker, who was killed during the Seminole Indian War skirmish. Several of Walker’s paintings focusing on Florida history have been commissioned for the Florida National Guard Heritage Art collection, including pieces showing the 1565 First Muster in St. Augustine. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa)

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This work, Florida's First Muster - 4 [Image 4 of 7], by MSgt Thomas Kielbasa, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.13.2013

Date Posted:09.15.2013 11:37

Photo ID:1018661



Size:1.32 MB

Location:ST. AUGUSTINE, FL, USGlobe

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