Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Captain Joseph Fry, Cmdr. of the Blockade-Runner Agnes Fry-- Part 1

From "Derelicts: An Account of Ships Lost At sea in general Commercial Traffic and a Brief History of Blockade Runners Stranded Along the North Carolina Coast 1861-1865" by James Sprunt.

In 1841, Joseph Fry, determined to join the U.S. Navy and thwarted in his native Florida, went to Washington, D.C. and "demanded his right to speak to the President."  he was only eight and spoke with President John Tyler who signed his warrant to be a midshipman.

Joseph Fry served the U.S. navy well until the Civil War when he found he "could not fight against his home and loved ones, much as he honored the flag for which he had so long and faithfully cherished."

--Old B-R'er


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