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“Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!”

 
 
"Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
1. "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!" Marker
Inscription. With these legendary words, naval officer David G. Farragut led the Union fleet past Confederate mines (then called torpedoes) and to victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. From the rigging of his flagship, USS Hartford, Farragut directed the clash with the ironclad CSS Tennessee, as shown in this painting of the battle.

Earlier in the Civil War, Farragut gained national prominence by capturing New Orleans after a fierce battle with Confederate forts and ships. President Lincoln had assigned him command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Lincoln believed Farragut was one of the best appointments he made during the war.

(Sidebar): Congress created three new naval ranks, including Full Admiral, especially for David G. Farragut. Admiral Farragut was the son of Jorge Farragut, a Spanish-born mariner and hero of the American Revolution.
 
Erected by Naval Order of the United States and the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
Farragut Square image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
2. Farragut Square
38° 54.112′ N, 77° 2.329′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and I Street NW, on the right when traveling south on Connecticut Avenue NW. Touch for map. Located in Farragut Square. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Decatur House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (about 700 feet away); Baron von Steuben Memorial (about 700 feet away); Restoration of Jackson Place and Lafayette Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nunziato DiPerna (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Bachelor" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
More about this marker. The lower left-center is the famous painting of Farragut on the rigging of the Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

On the upper right is a portrait of Farragut
David Glasgow Farragut<br>1801-1870 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 18, 2012
3. David Glasgow Farragut
1801-1870

United States Navy's First:
** Rear Admiral 1862
*** Vice Admiral 1864
**** Full Admiral 1866M
Close-up of photo on marker
listing the dates of his appointments - "David Glasgow Farragut 1801-1870. United States Navy's First * * Rear Admiral 1862, * * * Vice Admiral 1864, * * * * Full Admiral 1866."

On the lower right is a photo of "Vinnie Ream Hoxie, a young female sculptor, carefully researched the life of Farragut and produced Washington DC's first statue of a Civil War hero. The statue was dedicated on April 25, 1881, the nineteenth anniversary of Farragut's capture of New Orleans. The ten-foot figure and the four mortars were cast from the propeller of the Admiral's flagship, USS Hartford.
 
Also see . . .  Admiral Farragut Wikipedia Entry. (Submitted on December 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. HeroesWar, US Civil
 
An August Morning with Farragut <br> "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead" image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 18, 2012
4. An August Morning with Farragut
"Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead"
This Painting by William H. Overend depicts the Admiral Farragut in the rigging of the USS Hartford at the battle of Mobile Bay.
Close-up of picture on the marker
Vinnie Ream Models Admiral Farragut image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 18, 2012
5. Vinnie Ream Models Admiral Farragut
Vinnie Ream Hoxie, a young female sculptor,carefully researched the life of Farragut and produced Washington D.C.'s first statue of a Civil War Hero. The statue was dedicated on April 25, 1881, the nineteenth anniversary of Farragut's capture of New Orleans. The Ten-foot figure and the four mortars were cast from the propeller of the Admiral's flagship, USS Hartford.
Close-up of photo on marker
Admiral Farragut Statue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
6. Admiral Farragut Statue
Admiral David Farragut (1801–1870) image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
7. Admiral David Farragut (1801–1870)
1881 bronze by Vinnie Ream (1847–1914) is approx 10 feet tall on a 16 foot base. “The sculpture, authorized by Congress on April 16, 1872, and four chopped mortars on the base were cast of bronze from the propeller of Admiral Farragutís ship, the U.S.S. Hartford. ... The base is made of granite from Rockland, Maine. The base contains a box with documents relating to Farragutís career, the history of the sculpture, a copy of the ĎArmy and Navy Register,í and a miniature bronze model of the propeller.” —from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS) database.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,725 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 5, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on December 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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