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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Captain Joseph Fry

Tampa's First Native Son Died for Cuban Liberty

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By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2016
1. Captain Joseph Fry Marker
Inscription.  Captain Joseph Fry was born in Tampa (Fort Brooke) June 14, 1826. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served with the Navy throughout the world. When the Civil War broke out, Fry fought with courage and capacity for the South in the Confederate Navy.

During the Ten Years' War, the first Cuban insurrection, Fry was captain of the S.S. Virginius, a blockade runner. Sailing with guns and 300 rebels, Tampa's hero headed for Cuba. The Virginius was captured by the Spaniards, and Capt. Fry with 53 freedom fighters were executed before a firing squad at Santiago De Cuba, Nov. 7, 1873. History honors Capt. Fry as "The Cuban Martyr."
Erected by Ybor City Rotary Club with the cooperation of the Tampa Historical Society.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 27° 56.523′ N, 82° 27.453′ W. Marker was in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker was at the intersection of South Ashley Drive and Channelside Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Ashley Drive. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Site of Mirabella Fish Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Brooke (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bayshore Boulevard (about 600 feet away); World's First Scheduled Commercial Airline (about 600 feet away); Timuquan Indian Mound (about 700 feet away); Jose Gasparilla (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dominican Proto-Martyrs of America (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers Quarters Fort Brooke (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWars, Non-US

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 117 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 13, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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