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

Admiral Farragut's Birthplace

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By Tom Bosse, December 26, 2016
1. Admiral Farragut's Birthplace Marker
Inscription. In front of you, on the promontory just across the cove, is where David Glasgow Farragut was born on July 5, 1801. Farragut's father, George Farragut, came to the American colonies in 1776 from Spain as a merchant sea captain. During the Revolutionary War, he fought on the side of the colonies and received land grants for his military service. He married Elizabeth Shine of North Carolina and settled in Knox County. In 1796, he bought 640 acres here and operated a ferry. The family moved to New Orleans in 1807, when George Farragut was commissioned to serve as a Navy gunboat captain on the Mississippi River. His wife died of yellow fever within a year, and his son's childhood essentially ended.

David Farragut was commissioned a midshipman in the United States Navy on December 17, 1810, at the age of nine and a half and saw his first naval combat during the War of 1812. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1822, commander in 1844, and captain in 1855. Despite strong ties to the South and Tennessee, he remained with the U.S. Navy when forced to choose between the Union and the Confederacy in 1861. A brave and capable officer, Farragut was 63 years old at the Battle of Mobile Bay. When warned of naval mines (then called torpedoes), he uttered the famous words, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!". Farragut;s victory closed the last
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By Tom Bosse
2. Admiral David Glasgow Farragut
Confederate port on the Gulf of Mexico. He was promoted to full admiral on July 25, 1866. He died on August 14, 1870.
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 51.167′ N, 84° 5.183′ W. Marker is near Farragut, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Northshore Drive (Tennessee Route 332) and Maple Seed Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is located within Admiral Farragut Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9950 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville TN 37922, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Cumberland Presbyterian Meeting House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Memorial for Cofounders of Campbell Station (approx. 4 miles away); Ball Camp (approx. 4 miles away); Loveville (was approx. 4.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Baker-Peters-Rogers House (approx. 4.1 miles away); States' View (approx. 4.2 miles away); Archibald Roane (approx. 4.4 miles away); David Glasgow Farragut (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farragut.
 
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Admiral Farragut's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 26, 2016
3. Admiral Farragut's Birthplace Marker
 Farragut, Admiral David Glasgow, Gravesite Bronx, New York. (Submitted on January 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
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By Tom Bosse
4. Battle of Mobile Bay
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 159 times since then. Last updated on February 18, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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