David Farragut Biography

Military Leader (1801–1870)
David Farragut was an American naval commander in the War of 1812 and the U.S. Civil War and spoke the famous quote, "Damn the torpedoes!"


David Farragut served in the War of 1812 and received his first command in 1824. During the American Civil War he commanded the Union blockade of the western Gulf of Mexico. In 1863 he helped secure victory at the Battle of Vicksburg, bringing the Mississippi River under Union control. In 1864 he led a successful attack with the order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

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