David G. Farragut

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G.W. Jacobs, 1905 - Admirals - 407 pages
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Page 278 - We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil, Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil; And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far, Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star.
Page 253 - Believing that no occasion could arise which would more fully correspond with the intention of the law or be more pregnant with happy influence as an example, I cordially recommend that Captain DG Farragut receive a vote of thanks of Congress for his services and gallantry displayed in the capture since 21st December, 1861, of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, city of New Orleans, and the destruction of various rebel gunboats, rams, etc.
Page 344 - As I had an elevated position in the main rigging near the top, I was able to overlook not only the deck of the Hartford, but the other vessels of the fleet. I witnessed the terrible effects of the enemy's shot, and the good conduct of the men at their guns, and although no doubt their hearts sickened, as mine did, when their shipmates were struck down beside them, yet there was not a moment's hesitation to lay their comrades aside, and spring again to their deadly work.
Page 344 - Notwithstanding the loss of life, particularly on this ship, and the terrible disaster to the Tecumseh, the result of the fight was a glorious victory, and I have reason to feel proud of the officers, seamen, and marines of the squadron under my command, for it has never fallen to the lot of an officer to be thus situated and thus sustained.
Page 203 - Porter — that is, there are three modes of attack,* and the question is, which is the one to be adopted ? His own opinion is that a combination of two should be made, viz., the forts should be run, and when a force is once above the forts to protect the troops they...
Page 221 - BOY : I am so agitated that I can scarcely write, and shall only tell you that it has pleased Almighty God to preserve my life through a fire such as the world has scarcely known.
Page 196 - ... top-gallant forecastle; in other words, be prepared to use as many guns as possible ahead and astern, to protect yourself against the enemy's gunboats and batteries, bearing in mind that you will always have to ride head to the current, and can only avail yourself of the sheer of the helm to point a broadside gun more than three points forward of the beam. Have a kedge in the mizzen chains (or...
Page 39 - Our commerce is so valuable to them [the European belligerents] that they will be glad to purchase it when the only price we ask is to do us justice.
Page 176 - ... proceed up the Mississippi River, and reduce the defenses which guard the approaches to New Orleans, when you will appear off that city and take possession of it under the guns of your squadron, and hoist the American flag therein, keeping possession until troops can be sent to you.
Page 229 - ... stranger would have thought I had reached fourteen — and one big German porter. I closed the doors, sent the porter to his place in the Foreign Legion, and ran to the levee to see the sights. "What a gathering! — the riff-raff of the wharves, the town, the gutters. Such women ! such wrecks of women ! and all the juvenile rag-tag. The lower steamboat -landing, well covered with sugar, rice, and molasses, was being rifled. The men smashed ; the women scooped up the smashings. The river was...

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