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Rear Admiral David G. Farragut’s Service Coat and Cap
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Rear Admiral David G. Farragut’s Service Coat and Cap

Catalog #: 11781    Accession #: 51104
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 34" H x 16" W

Physical Description

Blue wool jacket with gold trim on sleeves and gold colored buttons. Navy wool cap with a leather brim and leather trim. Adorned with a metal star.

Specific History

Service jacket and cap worn by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut while directing the fire of the flagship Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864. It was during the Battle of Mobile Bay that Farragut uttered the infamous words, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.”

General History

Farragut was born in Tennessee, raised in Louisiana and lived in Virginia but at the outbreak of war he moved his family to New York and fought for the Union. The Battle of Mobile Bay was the culmination of a long naval career which began as an 11 year old midshipman during the War of 1812. In 1866 Farragut became the first person in the history of the United States Navy to be awarded the rank of Admiral.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: Alabama
War: Civil War
Service: Navy
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