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David Farragut

David Farragut

The first American to become a full admiral demonstrated extraordinary ability as a pre-teenage captain’s aide during the War of 1812, and served with distinction for more than 40 years. Still, Farragut’s long career might have been forgotten except for his best-known Union victory at Mobile Bay in August 1864, which produced the legendary epithet, "Damn the torpedos!" Congress created the full admiralcy for Farragut two years later.

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