Born July 5, 1801 Campbell's Station, Tennessee Died August 14, 1870 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Navy admiral who commanded successful Union offensives at New Orleans and Mobile Bay
David G. Farragut is the most famous figure to emerge from the fierce Civil War struggle for control of the seas. A life-long sailor, he was nearing his sixtieth birthday when the war began. But despite his age and his Southern background, Farragut became the best commander in the Union Navy. In fact, his successful naval assaults on the Southern ports of New Orleans and Mobile Bay are recognized as major Civil War victories for the North.
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