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Admiral Farragut

(David Glasgow Farragut)

1801–1870
Civilization: American — Tennessee
   Field of Renown:  military — Admiral
Era:  Civil War

Farragut, David Glascoe, an American admiral; born near Knoxville, Tennessee, July 5, 1801. ' His father was a Spaniard who served in the Continental army during the American Revolution with the rank of major. David entered the navy in 1812, was commissioned a lieutenant in 1821, and was stationed at the Norfolk navy-yard from 1824 to 1833. He was made a commander in 1841 and a captain in 1855. He was given the command, in January, 1862, of a naval armament sent against New Orleans, which was accompanied by land forces under Gen. Butler. New Orleans was defended in the direction of the Gulf by Forts Jackson and St. Philip, situated about seventy miles below the city, and by numerous gun-boats and steam-rams. On the 18th of April, Farragut attacked Fort Jack-son, which he bombarded for six days without success; he then determined upon the hazardous plan of passing the forth in the night. Both forts opened on the Union fleet, but Farragut succeeded in passing by them with thirteen of the seventeen vessels with which he made the attack, and in destroying the fleet of the enemy, which included the ram Manassas. In this engagement, which lasted an hour and a half, he lost but thirty-six killed and one hundred and thirty-five wounded. Meanwhile, Capt. Craven of the Brooklyn had silenced Fort St. Philip. Possession was taken of the city of New Orleans on the 25th. In the following July, Farragut was made a rear-admiral. He was afterward engaged in several contests with the enemy, captured numerous ships and other vessels, assisted in the reduction of several forts, and effectually prevented the access of blockade-runners to Mobile. Congress in December, 1864, created for him especially the office of vice-admiral, and he was commissioned a full admiral in July, 1866, and thus became the officer of highest rank in the United States navy. Died 1870.


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Book Links
Midshipman Farragut  by  James Barnes

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Book Links
Admiral David Farragut  in  Boys' Book of Sea Fights  by  Chelsea Fraser
Admiral Farragut  in  Story of the Great Republic  by  Helene Guerber
The Doings of the Fleet  in  Story of the Great Republic  by  Helene Guerber
Lincoln—The Battle of Shiloh  in  This Country of Ours  by  H. E. Marshall
Capture of New Orleans  in  American History Stories - IV  by  Mara L. Pratt
David Glasgow Farragut  in  Builders of Our Country - II  by  G. Southworth
David Farragut—Boy Midshipman  in  Ten Boys from History  by  K. D. Sweetser


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Captain Porter and Young Farragut arrive at the Essex
 in Midshipman Farragut

The boatswain's mate discourses upon the war
 in Midshipman Farragut

The young midshipman discovers a man-o-war
 in Midshipman Farragut

The Essex cuts out the bark
 in Midshipman Farragut

Capturing the Alert
 in Midshipman Farragut

Diagram showing the cruise of the Essex
 in Midshipman Farragut

'We have started both our anchors, Captain Porter.'
 in Midshipman Farragut

The Phoebe and Cherub attacking the Essex
 in Midshipman Farragut

Farragut
 in Boys' Book of Sea Fights
David Glascoe Farragut
David Glascoe Farragut
 in Soldiers and Sailors
Farragut at Mobile Bay
Farragut at Mobile Bay
 in Soldiers and Sailors

Captain Porter Bringing Midshipman Farragut to the Essex
 in Builders of Our Country - II

David G. Farragut
 in Builders of Our Country - II

One of Farragut's Wooden Ships Attackng the Confederate Ironclad, Tennessee
 in Builders of Our Country - II

Midshipman Farragut on the Essex.
 in Ten Boys from History

David Farragut.
 in Ten Boys from History


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