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David Farragut

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Mobile Bay

Definition: Union admiral ("Old Salamander") who secured control of the Mississippi River for the Union. He took New Orleans (the South's largest city and principal seaport) in April, 1862 and then, more famously, Mobile Bay (the largest remaining Southern seaport) in August, 1864. It was at Mobile that he uttered the famous, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" Also, he bombarded Vicksburg, making it easier for Grant to take the city. In his early years, he fought in both the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War.

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The Civil War
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David Farragut
More info on America's first Vice Admiral.

The Battle of Mobile Bay
Detailed description of the battle during which Farragut uttered his most famousn command.

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