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Admiral David Glasgow Farragut : the Civil War years

Author: Chester G Hearn
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1998.
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No admiral in America's Civil War fought with more distinction than David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the U.S. Navy. Yet despite being considered by historians the most important American naval officer before World War II, no substantial biography of Farragut has been published in more than fifty years. Noted historian Chester Hearn's use of previously untapped family and archival records make this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hearn, Chester G.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605197932
Online version:
Hearn, Chester G.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1998
(OCoLC)607888741
Named Person: David Glasgow Farragut; David Glasgow Farragut
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chester G Hearn
ISBN: 1557503842 9781557503848
OCLC Number: 37195303
Description: xxi, 382 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Cruising on the frigate Essex --
Growing up in the Navy --
Twenty years of waiting --
Gideon's gamble --
A cast of many characters --
Days of toil and trouble --
An end to waiting --
Running the gauntlet --
The capture of the Crescent city --
"Let them come and try" --
Disillusionment at Vicksburg --
Emergence of the CSS Arkansas --
From the river to the gulf --
No end to disaster --
Passing Port Hudson --
Closing the Mississippi --
The capture of Port Hudson --
To home and back --
Debut of the CSS Tennessee --
Girding for battle --
Forcing entrance to Mobile Bay --
The battle of the bay --
Surrender of the forts --
The postwar years.
Responsibility: Chester G. Hearn.

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No admiral in America's Civil War fought with more distinction than David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the U.S. Navy. Yet despite being considered by historians the most important American naval officer before World War II, no substantial biography of Farragut has been published in more than fifty years. Noted historian Chester Hearn's use of previously untapped family and archival records make this long-anticipated study worth waiting for. His history not only fully describes Farragut's extraordinary naval exploits but also his lifelong involvement with Capt. David Porter, his foster father, and David Dixon Porter, his foster brother - making this the most complete and illuminating picture ever assembled of one of America's greatest naval heroes. Focusing primarily on the Civil War, Hearn uses recently discovered family correspondence to detail Farragut's relationships with the elder Porter, who signed up Farragut as a seagoing midshipman in the U.S. Navy at the age of nine, and with Porter's son, the only other full admiral to emerge from the Civil War. Under the senior Porter's tutelage, Farragut by the age of thirteen had participated in more action during the War of 1812 than many of the Navy's senior officers. Farragut's legendary leadership is showcased in Hearn's thrilling description of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The author's detailed chronicle of Farragut's command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, crowned by the capture of New Orleans and Port Hudson, reestablishes Farragut's nearly forgotten legacy.

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