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Frank Barcellos Plaque, Sons of the American Revolution Plaque

FAIRHAVEN MEMORIALS                                     

Location:  Fort Phoenix

IN MEMORY OF
FRANK BARCELLOS  SR
DAIRY FARMER            PARK DEPT
             FRIEND
               1912 – 1985

Frank Barcellos was a long time dairy farmer, served 10 years on the Board of Health, Town Meeting member for 25 years.  He was employed by the Park Department and served as a call firefighter.  The plaque was donated by a Fairhaven resident that prefers to remain anonymous and was was stolen  from its resting place in 1998 .

Location: Fort Phoenix

ON THE WATERS OF BUZZARDS BAY
WITHIN SIGHT OF THIS SPOT
FIRST NAVAL BATTLE
OF THE
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
WAS FOUGHT ON
MAY 14, 1775
TWENTY FIVE DAYS AFTER THE
BATTLE OF CONCORD AND LEXINGTON
A GALLANT FORCE OF FAIRHAVEN MEN
COMMANDED BY
CAPT. NATHANIEL POPE
AND CAPT. DANIEL EGERY IN
THE SLOOP SUCCESS, CAPTURED
TWO BRITISH SLOOPS AND THERE CREWS
THIS TABLET PLACED BY THE
NEW BEDFORD CHAPTER
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
1927

In September, 1927, the Massachusetts Society, Sons of the American Revolution held a field day at the Fort and placed a bronze tablet on one of the ledges to commemorate the first naval engagement of the Revolutionary War.  The memorial commemorates the first Naval battle of the revolutionary war, fought on May 14, 1775 about 5 miles South of the Town of Fairhaven.   

Source: Undated Fairhaven Star Newspaper articles, Millicent Library.