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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David Farragut Letter, 1864



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870
Title: Farragut, David, Letter
Dates: 1864
Abstract: The David Farragut Letter, 1864, documents the orders issued by admiral Farragut for the USS Princess Royal to patrol the coast of Texas and Mexico in search of blockade runners.
Accession No.: 2015-101
OCLC No.: 939000111
Extent: 1 letter
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A Union admiral, David Farragut (1801-1870) established a revered naval record before the Civil War. In 1862, the Navy let him command the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and in April, his fleet reached Forts Jackson and St. Philip, just below New Orleans. A couple of weeks later, he forced the surrender of New Orleans, and contributed to the Vicksburg campaign. In July 1864, he was ordered to Mobile to stop the blockade running, and on August 5, 1864, he defeated Franklin Buchanan with his famous rallying cry “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

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Scope and Contents

The David Farragut Letter, 1864, documents the orders issued by admiral Farragut for the USS Princess Royal to patrol the coast of Texas and Mexico in search of blockade runners. The letter, dated October 25 at Mobile Bay, is addressed to Commander Melacthon B. Woolsey, of the USS Princess Royal in New Orleans, with orders to proceed off Galveston, run down to Tampico and cruise between that Port and the Rio Grande looking for blockade runners. Two months prior, Farragut had led the Federal fleet at Mobile Bay to victory; it was the last Confederate port of the Gulf of Mexico still in Southern hands.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870--Archives
Subjects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Blockades
Genre/Form
Correspondence
Places
Mexico, Gulf of
Mobile Bay (Ala.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Farragut Letter, 1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, October 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4A461c Letter, October 25, 1864

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