Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Union Raiders Burn Tampa Blockade Runners
The alarm reached Tampa Town and the mounted rebels caught up with the raiders at Ballast Point. Three Unionists and six confederates were killed. This is the only Civil War skirmish fought at Tampa Bay.
Erected 1990 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, John T. Lesley Camp 1282, in cooperation with the Tampa Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 28° 0.834′ N, 82° 28.105′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from North Boulevard south of West Clinton Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Found in the parking lot of the Lowry Park Zoo, near the entrance to the Zoo School, and across North Boulevard from Lowry Park proper, which fronts the Hillsborough River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa FL 33604, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Angus R. Goss (approx. 2 miles away); Hillsborough County Historical Cemetery For All People (approx. 2.2 miles away); Middleton Senior High School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hillsborough County High School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old People's Home (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Buffalo Soldiers in Tampa Heights (approx. 3.3 miles away); George Washington Junior High School (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The historical marker is located to the north and across the Hillsborough River from the site where the raid began at the Jean Street Shipyard.
Also see . . .
1. Hull of Civil War sloop likely found in Tampa river. “She’s badly burnt and she’s exactly where she ought to be,” Morris said of the crumbling wooden frame. “Nobody else has found a blockade runner in Florida.” ......St. Petersburg Times, May 21, 2008 (Submitted on May 23, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Remains of Civil War blockade runner found on bottom of Hillsborough River. St. Petersburg Times article from September 16, 2009 notes the discovery of the (Submitted on July 27, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
3. The Hillsborough River Raid and the Battle of Ballast Point. Story of the raid on the Jean Street Shipyard which resulted in the sinking of the two Confederate blockade-runners. (Submitted on July 27, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,500 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on July 27, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on December 16, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 4. submitted on July 28, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.