New York: Published by E. & H. T. Anthony . . . from Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery, circa 1865. Very nice cdv of Admiral Farragut, standing with his hand resting on a book that has been laid upon a table. Both the photograph and the card mount are in very nice shape. Sharp corners with no soiling; a collector’s/dealer’s inventory number is written in pencil on the reverse. Very good. Item #008818
Admiral Farragut, the son of a Spanish merchant seaman, was adopted by Commodore David Porter at eight years of age upon the death of his mother. He received a midshipman’s appointment before he turned ten and served as a naval officer for the next sixty years. He had a successful, but unspectacular career until his command captured New Orleans in 1862 and two years later Mobile, Alabama. It was at Mobile where he rallied his somewhat reluctant subordinates by shouting, “Damn the torpedoes. Four bells, Captain Drayton, go ahead. Jouett, full speed.” In honor of these crushing victories that completely shut down the Confederacy’s merchant trade, Lincoln promoted him to vice-admiral in December of 1864. In 1865, Farragut was promoted to full admiral, the first U.S. naval officer to hold that rank.