Historic Markers Across Alabama

Brigadier General Birkett a, CSA

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Location: the corner of North Ann Ave. & King St, Tallassee, AL
County: Elmore
Coordinates: N 32° 32.198    W 085° 53.572
  32.53663333    -85.89286666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMRD9F


Brigadier General Birkett
Davenport Fry, CSA


In his lifetime General Birkett D. Fry was a cadet at Virginia Military Institute and West Point; 1st Lt. (U.S. Infantry) in Mexican War; lawyer in California; mercenary-soldier of fortune in Latin America; colonel (adjutant) of the 13th Alabama (CSA) Infantry Regiment in the Civil War when he was wounded in four different battles including Gettysburg, taken prisoner of war, then promoted to Brigadier General (May 1864); engaged in the tobacco business in Cuba; executive in the Taliassee Textile Mills; public school superintendent in Montgomery, AL; and president of the Richmond, VA Cotton Mill until his death. His body was returned to Montgomery where he was buried next to his wife in Oakwood Cemetery.

Fry was born in Kanawha County, WV (24 June 1822) and died in Richmond, VA (21 January 1891). The son of Thornton Fry (1786-1823) and Eliza R. Thompson (1794-1885), he was married to Martha Augusta Micou (1823-1878), the sister of Benjamin Hall Micou (1825-1887) who was president of the Tallassee Manufacturing Company beginning in 1871.

Erected by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Brigadier General Birkett a, CSA