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

Tampa Confederate Salt Works

 
 
Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 30, 2017
1. Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker Side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
Salt was an essential commodity during the Civil War because it was required for the preservation of meat and fish. When the Confederate states no longer had access to vital sources of salt in West Virginia and Louisiana, southerners compensated by boiling salt-rich seawater until all that was left was the precious residue. Florida became the regionís most important source of salt because of its expansive seashore with uncounted bays, coves, and easily concealed locations for primitive salt "factories." It has been estimated that by 1863, Florida's major salt works produced as much as 7,500 bushels each day. The New York Herald on January 5, 1864, noted "Salt works are as plentiful in Florida as blackbirds in a rice field." Salt production was so important that the Union naval attacks on salt works changed from raids of opportunity to fully-planned attacks in an effort to disrupt supplies carried by southern blockade runners.
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(side 2)
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Tampa was the southernmost location of Gulf coast salt production because some Floridians in the sparsely populated area south of Tampa had Union sympathies. Moreover, the coast south of Tampa was subject to shore patrols from Union naval ships stationed in the Florida Keys. Perhaps the
Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 30, 2017
2. Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker Side 2
most well-known incident involving Tampa salt production took place in the fall of 1864. The Spanish-born patriarch of one of Tampa's pioneer families was alone tending a salt boiler on Frazierís Beach. Joseph Robles spotted a Union landing party from the USS Nita and USS Hendrick Hudson approaching. Robles, armed only with a double-barreled rifle, hid in an abandoned steam boiler and fired upon the party. Most of the landing party retreated to the craft and departed, leaving eight sailors behind. They surrendered to Robles, who marched them to Tampa while guarding them with his empty rifle. This replica salt boiler stands as a reminder of the importance of a simple "cottage" industry, operated by as many as 2,500 civilians, to the southern war effort.
 
Erected 2015 by The City of Tampa, The United Daughters of the Confederacy Tampa Chapter 113, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-850.)
 
Location. 27° 57.055′ N, 82° 32.763′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from West Cypress Street half a mile west of North Reo Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Cypress Point Park near the beach. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5620 West Cypress Street, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker looking east from beach. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 30, 2017
3. Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker looking east from beach.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Pam Callahan Nature Preserve (approx. 2.3 miles away); W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex (approx. 2.9 miles away); Congregation Schaari Zedek (approx. 3.1 miles away); George Guida (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hugh C. Macfarlane (was approx. 3.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); West Tampa Centennial (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker and boiler. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 30, 2017
4. Tampa Confederate Salt Works Marker and boiler.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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