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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Farragut, David Glasgow -1870 (search)
Farragut, David Glasgow -1870 Naval officer; born near Knoxville, Tenn., July 5, 1801; son of George Farragut, who was a native of Minorca; came to America in 1776; entered the Continental army; was a bugler, it is supposed, at the age of seventeen, in the battle of the Cowpens; attained the rank of major; settled in Tennessee; and was master in the United States navy, serving under Patterson in the defence of New Orleans. David entered the navy as midshipman when between nine and ten yeirals. In 1863 he co-operated in the capture of Port Hudson, and in August, 1864, defeated the Confederate forces in Mobile Bay. His exploits in the Gulf region gave him great fame, and in December, 1864, he received the thanks The Hartford, Farragut's flag-ship. of Congress, and the rank of vice-admiral was created expressly for him. In July, 1866, he was promoted to admiral. He visited Europe in 1867-68, and was received with the highest honors. He died in Portsmouth, N. H., Aug. 14, 1
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Galveston, (search)
hen in command of the Department of Texas, collected a land and naval force near Galveston, and before daylight on Jan. 2, 1863, he attacked the National forces by land and water. At first the men from Massachusetts repulsed those of Magruder, but, Confederate vessels coming up with a fresh supply, the National soldiers were overpowered. After a brief action, the Harriet Lane (one of the National vessels) was captured, and the Westfield, Renshaw's flag-ship, was blown up by his order, to prevent her falling into the hands of the Confederates. The firing of the magazine of the Westfield was done prematurely, by an intoxicated man, and Commodore Renshaw, a lieutenant, and an engineer, with about a dozen of her crew, perished by the explosion. Nearly as many officers and men were killed in a gig lying by the side of the Westfield. Magruder's victory was almost a barren one, for Farragut re-established the blockade before the Harriet Lane could be converted into a Confederate cruiser.