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David Farragut
Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Military
July 1, 1805 David Farragut born, Knoxville, Tennessee
January 5, 1861 At the last minute General Winfield Scott substitutes the Star of the West, a New York based merchant marine vessel for the Brooklyn, a heavily armed and reinforced sloop ordered to sail to Fort Sumter to resupply the federal outpost. The Brooklyn, however, is to travel to Fort Sumter with the Star of the West.
  Star of the West
  Winfield Scott
  Fort Sumter
January 9, 1861 Artillery fires on the Star of the West from Morris Island as it crosses into the main entrance channel to Charleston Harbor. As the ship comes about, Fort Moultrie opens fire, also with cannon shot. A mile and a half from Fort Sumter, the ship withdraws. South Carolina
  Star of the West
  Fort Sumter
February 2, 1862 Captain David Farragut leaves Hampton Roads aboard the USS Hartford en route to assume command of military operations on the southern Mississippi River
April 14, 1862 Federal fleet under Commadore David Farragut appears at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

  Battle of New Orleans
April 24, 1862 Early in the morning Commadore Farragut ships begin sailing up the Mississippi River past Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip. After half the fleet sails past the fort the Confederates discover the movement and open fire. All major federal ships make it past the forts. Louisiana
  Battle of New Orleans
April 25, 1862 After a duel with Confederate ships at English Turn, Commadore Farragut's fleet weighs anchor at New Orleans and demands the surrender of the largest city and most important port in the South. By the time Farragut arrives the city was partially on fire. Louisiana
  Battle of New Orleans
March 14, 1863 Admiral David Farragut pushes his command vessel, the Hartford and the Albatross past Port Hudson, but Confederate fire seriously damage three other vessels. Louisiana
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
August 3, 1864
August 23, 1864
Battle of Mobile Bay Alabama
  Gordon Granger
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 5, 1864 18 Union ships sail past the entrance to Mobile Bay. The C. S. S. Tennessee, prize ironclad of the Confederate Navy awaited the attack. As the U. S. S. Tecumseh sinks Admiral David Farragut orders "Damn the torpedoes, go ahead." His flag vessel Hartford took the lead. The ships destroyed the Confederate fleet Alabama
  Battle of Mobile Bay
August 14, 1870 Admiral David Farragut dies, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

David Farragut

Grew up with David Dixon Porter

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was born in Tennessee and raised in Louisiana, but he chose to remain with the Union during The Civil War. He commanded the Brooklyn during the Star of the West's attempt to relieve the garrison at Fort Sumter, he seized New Orleans, Louisiana, the largest city and most important port in the South during the Civil War with a relatively small fleet, helped the Union free the Mississippi River of Confederate control and sailed "full speed ahead" through the "damned torpedoes" of Mobile Bay.

Born James Farragut, young David Farragut chose to change his first name to honor his tutor, David Porter.

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