Farragut David Glasgow, 1801-1870

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1801-07-05
Death 1870-08-14
Americans
English, Spanish; Castilian

Biographical notes:

Union Civil War admiral from Tennessee.

From the description of Letter, 1860 September 25, U.S. Steam Sloop Brooklyn, to Isaac Toucey, Washington, D.C. (University of Tennessee). WorldCat record id: 26186356

David Glasgow Farragut, U.S. Naval officer, was born in Campbell's Station, Tennessee on July 5, 1801. He is known for the taking of New Orleans in March 1862. He was then the first person to be commissioned to rear admiral in July 1862. He was victorious in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. He was commissioned to full admiral in July 1866. Farragut died on August 14, 1870 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

From the description of Letter, September 20, 1864. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46325961

David G. Farragut, American admiral. In 1862-1864 he commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. In Dec. 1861-1862 he commanded New Orleans expedition, then operations on the Mississippi (1862-1863), and the assault on Mobile Bay (1864). He was promoted Vice-Admiral (1864) and Admiral (1866).

From the description of Papers of David Glasgow Farragut, 1826-1913 (bulk 1862-1864). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122570878

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy.

From the description of Orders, 1863 Mar. 6. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978631

David Farragut rose from midshipman in 1810 to become the first Admiral of the American fleet in 1866 after his heroic battles of Mobile Bay, Port Hudson and New Orleans.

From the description of Papers, 1815-1964. (University of Tennessee). WorldCat record id: 31048887

David G. Farragut, U.S. naval officer and the first to have the rank of Admiral, was born in 1801 in Knoxville, TN, and died in Portsmouth, NH, in 1870. He joined the Navy in 1810 and served in the Mexican War and the Civil War, where he won victories at the Battles of New Orleans and Mobile Bay.

From the description of Letter, July 31, 1864. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17913650

From the description of Letter, August 25, 1860. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 49295978

From the description of Letter, March 4, 1864. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17998055

David G. Farragut (1801-1870) was an admiral of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and full admiral of the Navy, and is best remembered for his order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

From the guide to the David G. Farragut Collection, 1864-1870, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

First officer in the U.S. Navy to receive the ranks of vice admiral (1864) and admiral (1866).

From the description of Autograph letter signed, 1863 Jan. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70972377

Naval officer.

From the description of David Glasgow Farragut papers, 1816-1869. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979805

From the description of David Glasgow Farragut papers, 1810-1869. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450198

Distinguished American admiral.

From the description of Letter, [1865 or 1866] June 26 : Brooklyn Navy Yard, to Howard. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29853979

David G. Farragut, U.S. Naval officer, was born near Knoxville, Tennessee in 1801 and died in Portsmouth, NH in 1870. He went to sea in 1810, served in the Mediterranean, the Mexican War, and during the Civil War captured New Orleans and Mobile for the Union. He was promoted to admiral in 1866 and commanded the European Squadron that year.

From the description of Letter, May 1, 1862. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17928281

From the description of Letter, December 17, 1858. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 728657073

American admiral.

From the description of Letter : Flag Ship Tennessee, New Orleans, to Lt. Comdr. E.W. Henry, U.S.G.B. Sciota, Miss. River, 1863 July 15. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 57182673

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Cyrus W. Field, 1866 Dec. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270526142

Biographical Note

  • 1801, July 5: Born, Campbell’s Station, Tenn.
  • 1810: Appointed midshipman, United States Navy
  • 1811 - 1814 : Duty on the Essex (frigate)
  • 1815 - 1820 : Duty on the Independence (ship-of-the-line), Washington (ship-of-the-line), and Franklin (ship-of-the-line), Mediterranean Station
  • 1823: Executive officer, Sea Gull (side wheel gunboat), West India Squadron
  • 1824: Married Susan C. Marchant (died 1840)
  • 1825 - 1826 : Duty on the Brandywine (frigate)
  • 1828 - 1830 : Duty on the Vandalia (sloop-of-war), Brazil Station
  • 1833: Executive officer, Natchez (sloop-of-war)
  • 1834: Returned to the United States with the Boxer (schooner)
  • 1838: Commanded the Erie (patrol gunboat), Home Squadron
  • 1841: Promoted to commander
  • 1842: Commanded the Decatur (sloop-of-war), South American Station
  • 1843: Married Virginia Loyall
  • 1847: Commanded the Saratoga (sloop-of-war), Home Squadron
  • 1850 - 1852 : Ordnance duties, United States Navy Yards, Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va.
  • 1854: Ordered to California to establish United States Navy Yard at Mare Island, Vallejo, Calif.
  • 1858 - 1860 : Commanded the Brooklyn (screw sloop), Home Squadron
  • 1862: Commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • 1862: Attacked and passed Forts Jackson and St. Philip and captured New Orleans, La. Promoted to rear admiral
  • 1863: Passed the batteries at Port Hudson
  • 1864: Attacked the defenses of Mobile Bay, entered the bay, and dispersed the Confederate fleet Received the surrender of Fort Morgan Promoted to vice admiral
  • 1866: Promoted to admiral
  • 1867 - 1868 : Commanded the European Squadron
  • 1870, Aug. 14: Died, Portsmouth, N.H.

From the guide to the David Glasgow Farragut Papers, 1816-1869, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • New Orleans (La.)--History--Capture, 1862--Sources
  • Military history
  • Military weapons
  • Mobile Bay, Battle of, Ala., 1864
  • Correspondence
  • Admirals--Correspondence
  • Orders, Preparation of (Military science)
  • Admirals--Archives
  • Admirals--Biography
  • Mobile Bay, Battle of, Ala., 1864--Sources
  • Letters
  • Ordnance, Naval
  • Firearms

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  • Naval officers
  • Admirals--United States
  • Admirals

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  • Galveston (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • Mexico (as recorded)
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  • New Orleans (La.) (as recorded)
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  • Chiquiri Lagoon (Panama) (as recorded)
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