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David G. Farragut Correspondence

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Apr 2010

Biographical History

David G. Farragut (1801-1870) was an admiral of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and full admiral of the Navy, and is best remembered for his order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The David G. Farragut Correspondence conains letters and three photographs. Letters relate to various matters, including a trip to Key West, Florida; the passage of some unidentified ladies from New Orleans to Switzerland; the assignment of a ship to deliver Confederate prisoners to New Orleans and then join the blockade of the Texas coast; the restoration of a subordinate officer to the "action list"; and the receipt of a report by the Belgian minister of war.

The three photographs, all portraits of Farragut, are undated. One appears to be an original, the other two are printed.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is in chronological order, followed by photographs.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Navy -- Officers.


Admirals -- Biography.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

David G. Farragut Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

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