Tag: Admiral David G. Farragut

August 5, 1864: Battle of Mobile Bay

“Damn the torpedoes!” Bold Farragut said, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” And, lashed to his rigging With never a squeal, He led his fleet into The Bay of Mobile. The Southern forts thundered With vigor and vim But grapeshot and canister Never touched him. The waters were mined With a death-dealing load, But Farragut

Surrender of New Orleans

The largest city of the Confederacy, New Orleans also controlled all shipment from the Mississippi and into the Mississppi.  Even a cursory look at a map would indicate that New Orleans was a crucial city for the Confederacy and a crucial target for the Union.  In early 1862 the Union assembled a force to take