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 years of age, first serving under Porter
, and was with him in the terrible fight at Valparaiso
He was promoted to commander in 1841, having served faithfully up to that time.
Still persevering in duty, he was placed in very responsible positions afloat and ashore, and when the Civil War
broke out he was in command of the Brooklyn
, steam sloop-of-war.
He commanded the naval expedition against New Orleans in the spring of 1862, having the Hartford
as his flag-ship.
Organizing the West Gulf blockading squadron, on his arrival in the Gulf of Mexico
, by boldness and skill, with admirable assistants, he went up to New Orleans triumphantly.
He operated with great vigor on the Mississippi River
, afterwards, between New Orleans and Vicksburg
; and on July 16, 1862, was placed first on the list of proposed admirals.
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
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, 1870.
See Mobile, Ala.
; New Orleans