DAVID G. FARRAGUT
2½x4 carte de visite, seated in uniform
Photograph signed: "D. G. Farragut". Sepia, 2½x4 carte de
visite by J. Gurney & Son of New York. David G. Farragut (1801-1870,
born James Glasgow), adopted by Admiral David Porter in 1814, served
more than fifty years in the U.S. Navy. Commissioned at age 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. Slightly
worn at edges. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show through).
Otherwise, fine condition.
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