Historic Markers Across Florida

Union Raiders Burn Tampa Blockade Runners

Marker ID:  
Location: At Lowery Zoo on N Blvd.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 28° 00.835    W 082° 28.104
  28.01391666    -82.4684
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1KD1


On October 18, 1863, a union task force of 85 soldiers found the "Scottish Chief" and "Kate Dale" celebrated blockade runners, hidden in a remote anchorage in the Hillsborough River, near this site and set the ships afire. Owner-skipper James McKay, had slipped through the Federal blockade six times.

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.

Sons of Confederate Veterans, John T Leslie Camp #1282 & Tampa Historical Society - 1990


City: Tampa, FL