photographer. 3 15/16 x 2 3/8in., Brady imprint at lower left. Matted and framed." /> FARRAGUT, David G. (1801-1870), <I>Admiral</I>. Carte-de-visite signed ("D. G. Farragut Vice Admiral"), n.d. Matthew Brady, <I>photographer</I>. <I>3 15/16 x 2 3/8in., Brady imprint at lower left</I>. Matted and framed.|
  • Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 204

    FARRAGUT, David G. (1801-1870), Admiral. Carte-de-visite signed ("D. G. Farragut Vice Admiral"), n.d. Matthew Brady, photographer. 3 15/16 x 2 3/8in., Brady imprint at lower left. Matted and framed.

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    FARRAGUT, David G. (1801-1870), Admiral. Carte-de-visite signed ("D. G. Farragut Vice Admiral"), n.d. Matthew Brady, photographer. 3 15/16 x 2 3/8in., Brady imprint at lower left. Matted and framed.

    A FINE IMAGE AND SIGNATURE OF THE UNION'S PREEMINENT NAVAL HERO. Farragut led the New Orleans expedition in December 1861, fought at Vicksburg to open up the Mississippi, attacked Port Hudson and came back to New York City with a rear admiralty and a hero's welcome. His greatest achievements were yet to come: in August 1864 Farragut led a fleet against Mobile, Alabama in an epic battle in which his flagship, the Hartford and 17 other vessels took on a collection of Rebel ironclads and gunboats. Navigating under the guns of surrounding forts, and drawn into a narrow channel laced with torpedo mines, Farragut had himself lashed to his mast to prevent falling in case of wounds. During that desperate struggle he uttered his famous "damn the torpedos" command.


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