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Souvenir placed at the table when Farragut, visiting St. Petersburg with a US Naval squadron in1867, was honored with a banquet hosted by the Imperial Russian Navy
Document, unsigned, 1 page, 5½x8. Printed text in English and Russian. Titled "Extract from the Signal Book of the Russian Imperial Ironclad Squadron in 1867: Let us remember the glorious example of Farragut and his followers at New Orleans and Mobile." Three signal flags are shown. Ink note (unknown hand): "Placed at each officer's plate at a dinner given by the Russian Naval Officers to Admiral Farragut at Cronstadt". 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. During the Civil War, Russia adopted a friendly attitude toward the United States, including a conspicuous visit by the Russian Navy to American shores in 1863. This friendly posture was one factor dissuading Britain and France from more actively aiding the Confederacy. US leaders remembered Russian assistance, and in 1867 dispatched Admiral Farragut with a naval squadron on a friendship visit to St. Petersburg. Farragut was lavishly received in that city and at the Russian naval base at Kronstadt (alt: Cronstadt), headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet which guarded the approaches to the capital. A Russian naval delegation was present at Farragut's funeral three years later, and presented a Russian flag at his grave site. Five horizontal fold creases. Ink slightly smudged at left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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

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