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DAVID G. FARRAGUT. Signature: "D.G. Farragut", 3x¾, irregularly cut from document. David G. Farragut (1801-1870), known as James Glasgow until the seven-year-old was adopted by Admiral David Porter in 1814, served more than fifty years in the U.S. Navy. Commissioned in the Navy at the age of 10, he participated in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), the Mexican War (1846-1848) and the Civil War (1961-1965). In 1864, two years after Farragut, as Commander of the West Gulf Blocking Squadron, captured New Orleans (April 25, 1862), Rear Admiral Farragut was assigned to capture the defenses of Mobile Bay. He began his approach on August 5, 1864. It was during this Battle of Mobile Bay, as Farragut's ships entered the heavily guarded bay that filled with mines, then known as torpedoes, that Farragut exclaimed: "Damn the torpedoes!...Full speed ahead!" In 1866, when Admiral was established as the highest naval rank, Farragut became the first officer to receive that honor. Ink number and markings (unknown hand) on sheet. ¾-inch diagonal crease touches the "ra" of Farragut. Silked on verso, visible at edges. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 14¾x25.

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Born: July 5, 1801
Died: August 14, 1870

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