The Civil War, Day by Day

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut


Admiral Farragut Dies

During the Civil War, he commanded the Navy’s West Gulf Blockading Squadron, captured New Orleans in 1862, and was promoted to vice-admiral for his victory at Mobile Bay - where he reportedly proclaimed, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

Health problems forced Admiral Farragut to go on leave after the Battle of Mobile Bay. He could not return to duty until January 1865, and then served only in a limited capacity in Virginia. After the close of the war, he was promoted to full admiral on July 26, 1866, and placed in charge of the Navy’s European squadron. The admiral died at the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on August 14, 1870, and is buried in New York City.





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