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Life of Captain Fry, the Cuban martyr: recounting his experience as an officer in the U.S. and Confederate navies, and revealing much of the inner history and secret marine service of the late civil war in America.

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Captain Fry, the Cuban martyr.


Intended as a memorial to Captain Joseph Fry (born Tampa Bay, Fl., June 14,1826), this volume begins with his biography, tracing his life and career during and after the American Civil War. It then details the confiscation of Fry's ship, the Virginius, in 1873, for running arms to Cuba during its insurrection against Spain, an event which brought about Captain Fry's subsequent execution. The narrative continues with an account of the U.S. reaction to Spain's seizure of the ship, and its eventual return to the United States. Includes the text of letters and articles written during the events, as well as those written in tribute to Captain Fry after his death.

Table of Contents

Ch. I. Birth, ancestry, and childhood of Captain Joseph Fry -- Ch. II. Little Joe is sent north to be educated -- Ch. III. The young midshipman enters the Navy -- Ch. IV. In command of the Graham -- Ch. V. On board the Plymouth -- Ch. VI. At the Antipodes -- Ch. VII. Fry tired of his mode of life -- Ch. VIII. The Plymouth leaves Macao -- Ch. IX. Two years of home service -- Ch. X. In active service again -- Ch. XI. Confederate record -- Ch. XII. Fry place on the examining board -- Ch. XIII. After the surrender -- Ch. XIV. The Virginius -- Ch. XV. Clearing of the Virginius -- Ch. XVI. Death of Captain Fry -- Ch. XVII. Fifty-three victims murdered, and ninety-three remaining -- Ch. XVIII. Public opinion -- Ch. XIX. Diplomacy -- Ch. XX. Restoration of the Virginius --


Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : Florida Board of Education, Division of Colleges and Universities, PALMM Project, 2002. (Florida heritage collection) Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Internet connectivity; Web browser software; Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files. Electronically digitized by the University of Central Florida from a book held in the Main Library at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.


Fry, Joseph, 1826-1873; Virginius (Steamer); Economics and Society: Post-Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877; Persons




J. B. Burr Publishing Co.


589 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.



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Life of Capt. Joseph Fry, the Cuban martyr: being a faithful record of his remarkable career from childhood to the time of his heroic death at the hands of Spanish executioners.



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