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David Glasgow Farragut
Birth: Jul. 5, 1801
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1870
Portsmouth
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA

Civil War Union Navy Admiral. The Union's most renowned naval figured, he was the first United States Navy officer to be promoted to the rank of Admiral. Born at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tennessee, after his parents died he was adopted by United States Navy officer David Porter (and thus became step brother to future Union Navy Admiral David Dixon Porter). Following the customary practice of the day, he entered the Navy while a nine year old midshipman on December 17, 1810. While only 12 years old, he was given command of a captured British whaling ship taken by his ship, the frigate "USS Essex" during the War of 1812, and brought her safely to port. He made a great contribution to the Union victory in the Civil War and was to write a famous page in the history of the United States Navy. In command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with his flagship the "USS Hartford" he disproved the theory that forts ashore held superiority over naval forces, when on April 29, 1862 he ran past Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip and the Chalmette, Louisiana batteries to take the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. His country honored him by creating for him the rank of Rear Admiral on July 16, 1862, a rank never before used in the Navy. On August 5, 1864 Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay. At that point in the war, Mobile, Alabama was the Confederacy's last major port open on the Gulf of Mexico. The bay was heavily mined (tethered naval mines were known as ‘torpedoes' at the time). Farragut ordered his fleet to enter the bay. When one ship struck a mine the others began to pull back, but Farragut rose to the occasion and allegedly shouted out the order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The fleet succeeded in entering the bay, and the heroic quote became famous. David Farragut then subdued the heavy shore batteries at Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines and defeated the confederate squadron of Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan to complete the Union victory. Farragut became America's first Vice Admiral on December 23, 1864. He was made a full-rank Admiral in 1866 and given command of the European Squadron, which was to be his last active service. He died at the age of 69 in 1870 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Numerous destroyers have since been named "USS Farragut" in his honor, and he has been depicted on United States postage stamps twice; first on the $1 stamp of 1903, and then on a 32 cent stamp in 1995. There is also a state park in Idaho named after him. During World War II it was used as a naval base for basic training. (bio by: Edward Parsons) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Virginia Dorcas Loyall Farragut (1824 - 1884)*
 
 Children:
  Loyall Farragut (1844 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 14, Aurora Hill Plot, Lot 1429-44
GPS (lat/lon): 40.89213, -73.86591
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 327
David Glasgow Farragut
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David Glasgow Farragut
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Thank you sir so much for your service to this country. Who could forget your famous "damn the torpedos, full steam ahead". You were a man of courage and thank you for the immortal words, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
I've visited Fort Morgan in Alabama many times and it's quite an interesting place. You had a huge battle on your hands, Admiral, but came through it victorious. Angel Day Blessings and rest in eternal peace!
- sjm
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: Aug. 14, 2014
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