Fort Fraser was in the news recently as a landowner and an historian debate whether a 38-acre parcel near Bartow contains artifacts of the Army post that Col. Zachary Taylor, later our 12th president, commanded in the late 1830s.

We mention that because the Army built Fort Fraser during America's second war with the Seminole tribe, the longest and bloodiest of the three conflicts between the Seminoles and the Army, which ended on this day in 1842.

The second war erupted after some Seminoles resisted forced migration to the Arkansas territory per the terms of the 1834 Treaty of Payne’s Landing. In 1835 U.S. soldiers arrived in north central Florida to enforce the treaty’s provisions and expel the Seminoles. Many Seminoles resisted, and using guerilla tactics, they fought the Army from the Panhandle to Lake Okeechobee. Seven years later, after more than 1,500 Americans and an unknown number of Seminoles perished in battle or from disease, the war ended.

Hundreds of Seminoles who didn’t travel west eluded U.S. forces to occupy a makeshift reservation near Lake Okeechobee. With approval from his superiors, Col. William Jenkins Worth, commander of U.S. forces in Florida, simply declared the war over on Aug. 14, 1842. The Army, by the way, abandoned Fort Fraser just months after it was established.

GARLAND: Speaking of the U.S. Army and historical milestones, tomorrow marks 75 years since the fabled 82nd Airborne Division was formed. The unit was initially formed in August 1917 to serve in World War I, and to commemorate the unit’s centennial anniversary, 82 paratroopers conducted a parachuting exercise last week at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Though formed in 1917, it was not until Aug. 15, 1942, that the unit was formally designated the 82nd Airborne Division, under the command of Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway. We commend the troops from the 82nd Airborne for sharing their unit’s “birthday” with our community, and applaud its soldiers, past and present, for a century of dedicated service in defense of America.

GARLAND: From the forgive-if-not-necessarily-forget file, we applaud the Chicago Cubs. Late last month the reigning World Series champs gave a World Series ring to Steve Bartman. Many baseball fans may recall that Bartman was the Cubs fan who interfered with a pop-fly foul ball late in the sixth game of the 2003 National League Championship Series. The Cubs led the series and led that game by three runs at home when Bartman reached for that ball, costing outfielder Moises Alou a chance to catch it. The Cubs subsequently blew that game, and the seventh game. Consequently, their reputation as America’s most loveable losers endured for another 13 years. Hardcore Cubs fans may never forgive Bartman for his unforgettable reach for a piece of memorabilia. Bartman may reciprocate, considering his statement released after the ceremony last month was not exactly overly gracious in recalling his treatment by the media and those fans. Who could blame him? But the Cubs did forgive, and shared last season’s triumph with a gift worth far more than a souvenir ball. Well done.

GIG: Sticking with sports, so to speak, we gig Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. Jenner was photographed while driving last weekend sporting a red Trumpian “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. Jenner claimed she grabbed the hat by mistake and forgot she was wearing it. Jenner, who is a Republican, promoted Donald Trump as a candidate, spoke on Trump’s behalf at last year’s Republican National Convention and attended his inauguration. Yet she recently blasted Trump for proposing a ban on transgender troops serving in the military. When transgender activists took her to task for the hat, Jenner buckled like the fiberglass rod she once used in the pole vault at the Olympics. “I made a mistake,” she said. “I will never do it again and I’m getting rid of the hat.” Jenner has asked the rest of America to accept transgender people, with her as arguably America’s most renowned transgender person, and once noted it was more difficult to gain acceptance as a Republican in Hollywood than as a transgender in everyday society. Yet she can’t ask transgenders to accept her support for Trump. Gig.

GIG: We gig the Parent Teacher Student Association at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland. Last week The Ledger reported that the association had offered a sponsorship whereby a family doling out a $100 could get their name on the group’s website, and their child a fast-pass to cut to the head of the lunch line. Parents complained and Principal Brian Andrews killed the thing. Good. In a statement Jil Bevis, the association president, said the sponsorship was explored but dropped — which also is good — and the form that parents saw was distributed “inadvertently” because of a “clerical error.” Lunch-shaming, whether it involves forcing kids with insufficient lunch money to eat bread and water or forcing those who cannot afford a sponsorship to wait at the end of the line, is pretty crummy.