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A Guide to the David Farragut Letter, 1864
A Union admiral, David Farragut (1801-1870) established a revered naval record before the Civil War. In 1862, the Navy let him command the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and in April, his fleet reached Forts Jackson and St. Philip, just below New Orleans. A couple of weeks later, he forced the surrender of New Orleans, and contributed to the Vicksburg campaign. In July 1864, he was ordered to Mobile to stop the blockade running, and on August 5, 1864, he defeated Franklin Buchanan with his famous rallying cry “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”
The David Farragut Letter, 1864, documents the orders issued by admiral Farragut for the USS Princess Royal to patrol the coast of Texas and Mexico in search of blockade runners. The letter, dated October 25 at Mobile Bay, is addressed to Commander Melacthon B. Woolsey, of the USS Princess Royal in New Orleans, with orders to proceed off Galveston, run down to Tampico and cruise between that Port and the Rio Grande looking for blockade runners. Two months prior, Farragut had led the Federal fleet at Mobile Bay to victory; it was the last Confederate port of the Gulf of Mexico still in Southern hands.
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David Farragut Letter, 1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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