Fry was the first mayor of the City of Chelsea, Mass, and a volunteer in the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War- serving in hospitals in the Army of the Potomac.
CDV – Frank B. Fry, U.S. Sanitary Commission, and the first mayor of the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1857. Fry organized the Auxiliary Relief Corps. This group wore a silver (white) cross all during their time in the Virginia Campaigns in 1864, and predated the International Red Cross, just starting in Geneva. Fry was responsible for bringing many well know and capable people into the Sanitary Commission.
Faint, but legible ink ID at the bottom on mount, “Mayor Fry of Chelsea, Mass.”
From the Michael McAfee Collection.