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Admiral David Glasgow Farragut

Artist:

Henry Hudson Kitson

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Neighborhood:

South Boston

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Sculpture

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Bronze

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Description:

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870) was the most distinguished naval officer on the Union side in the Civil War. He led the naval forces that captured New Orleans and that gained control of Mobile Bay, victories that deprived the Confederacy of its most important ports. It was at the battle of Mobile Bay that Farragut gave his famous command “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead.” (Farragut was in fact referring to underwater mines, which at the time were called torpedoes.) In recognition of his war service, Farragut was made an admiral, the first American naval officer to achieve that rank. The grateful citizens of four American cities erected statues in Farragut’s honor. In Boston, his bronze statue in Marine Park represents Farragut standing on the bridge of his ship with the wind tugging at the skirts of his uniform coat.

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