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David Farragut

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut

Profession: US Civil War Admiral

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, and the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. Remembered in popular culture for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay (which he won), usually paraphrased as: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" by U.S. Navy tradition.

Born: July 5, 1801
Birthplace: Campbell's Station, Tennessee, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 14, 1870 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1824-09-02 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (23) weds Susan Caroline Marchant
  • 1843-12-26 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall

Events in the Life of David Farragut

  • 1862-04-25 Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut
  • 1862-07-16 David Farragut is 1st Rear Admiral in US Navy
  • 1864-08-05 Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" (US Civil War)