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Farragut in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

David Glasgow Farragut


David Glasgow Farragut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 6, 2010
1. David Glasgow Farragut Marker
Inscription. A native of Stony Point (Low's Ferry) David Farragut moved to New Orleans at the age of three. At the age of ten, he began a career with the U.S. Navy; ca. 1827, pioneered a school for seamen; 1841, improved hoisting machinery for ammunition; 1850-2, wrote the official book of ordnance regulations; hero of the Civil War battles of New Orleans, Port Hudson, and Mobile. On July 26, 1866, David G. Farragut became the first admiral in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E 97.)
Location. 35° 53.071′ N, 84° 9.212′ W. Marker is in Farragut, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lendon Welch Way, on the right when traveling west on Kingston Pike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville TN 37934, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Campbell's Station (here, next to this marker); Archibald Roane (a few steps from this marker); Campbell Station (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument
David Glasgow Farragut image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
2. David Glasgow Farragut
This 1838 portrait of David Glasgow Farragut hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“President Abraham Lincoln considered the appointment of David Glasgow Farragut as commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron the best one he made during the Civil War. Sailing in the flag­ship USS Hartford on April 24, 1862, Farragut led his fleet of seventeen vessels in a successful run by the Confederate defenses, engaged and defeated the enemy flotilla, and captured New Orleans. Rear Admiral Farragut spent the next two years blockading the Gulf Coast and maintaining Union control over the lower Mississippi before preparing for the capture of the Mobile Bay defenses in August 1864. By month's end, Farragut's fleet had forced the Confederate surrender. This, the major victory of Farragut's naval career, earned him the rank of vice admiral. Two years later, in declining health, he was commissioned admiral.

This portrait was painted early in Farragut's naval career, when he was a lieutenant. ” — National Portrait Gallery
(approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Campbell's Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Loveville (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Ball Camp (approx. 4.1 miles away); Birthplace of Admiral Farragut (approx. 4.5 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Farragut.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers relating to Admiral Farragut.
Also see . . .  DEWEY AT FARRAGUT'S OLD HOME; Unveils a Monument at Low's Ferry to Mark Farragut's Birthplace. A May 16, 1900 article about the dedication of the Farragut Monument (see accompanying picture) published in The New York Times. (Submitted on June 23, 2010.) 
Additional comments.
1. Exact location of Farragut's birthplace
Stoney Point is located on Northshore Drive about 7 miles from the Farragut historic marker. (Historic Lowe's Ferry is at Longitude 35.8517473 Latitude -84.0824110 on USGS Geographic Names Information System). Because of recent rezoning, a 110-year-old monument that was put on the birth site has
David Glasgow Farragut Birth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Margot Kline, February 3, 2010
3. David Glasgow Farragut Birth Marker
Birthplace of
Admiral Farragut
Born July 5th 1801
Erected by
Bonny Kate Chapter
D. A. R. Knoxville
Dedicated by
Admiral Dewey
May 15th 1900
recently been made public. This monument was dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution and Admiral George Dewey in 1900. The birth site has been placed on Knox County's Fragile 15 list of endangered historic sites (See link above) as well as on the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s 2010 “Ten in Tennessee” endangered list. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted June 22, 2010, by Margot Kline of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Categories. HeroesMilitaryWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,279 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Margot Kline of Knoxville, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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