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Farragut at Mobile Bay. based upon the author's paper in the century for May, 1881, entitled an August morning with Farragut, revised and extended for the present work.--editors. by John Coddington Kinney, first Lieutenant, 13TH Connecticut infantry, and Acting signal officer, U. S. A. After the Mississippi was opened in July, 1863, by the capture of Vicksburg and the consequent surrender of Port Hudson, Admiral Farragut devoted a large share of his attention to the operations against Mobile Bay. He was aware that the Confederates were actively engaged in the construction of rains and iron-clads at Mobile and above, and it was his earnest desire to force the entrance into Mobile Bay and capture the forts that guarded it, before the more powerful of the new vessels could be finished and brought down to aid in the defense. In January, 1864, he made a reconnoissance of Forts Gaines and Morgan, at which time no Confederate vessels were in the lower bay, except one transport. In