David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making

David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making

by Charles Lee Lewis


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David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making by Charles Lee Lewis

The first volume of Lewis' masterful biography of David Glasgow Farragut's long career in the U.S. Navy covers his life before the Civil War. Farragut served with Captain David Porter in the USS Essex; cruised in the Mediterranean; hunted pirates in the Caribbean; almost died of yellow fever; observed the French bombardment of Vera Cruz; sailed into Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio de Janeiro when revolution threatened those cities; fought in the Mexican War; and commanded the steam sloop of war Brooklyn. During these years he slowly rose from midshipman to captain, then to the highest rank in the United States Navy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591144151
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 04/18/2014
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charles Lee Lewis, born in 1886, a prominent naval historian and a professor of English and history at the United States Naval Academy, wrote biographies of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Franklin Buchanan and Stephen Decatur.

Table of Contents

I Of Fighting Blood 1

II The Log Cabin by the River 7

III The Voyage on the Flatboat 12

IV Breaking Up the Home 16

V A Midshipman at the Age of Nine 22

VI Farragut Joins the Essex 25

VII Peace Time Cruising in the Essex 33

VIII Farragut's First Sea Fight 40

IX Delaware Bay to Valparaiso 49

X Valparaiso and Galapagos Islands 65

XI At Nukuhiva in the Marquesas 81

XII The Loss of the Essex 91

XIII An Interlude 107

XIV Cruising in the Mediterranean 114

XV Cruising in the Gulf of Mexico 140

XVI Hunting Pirates in the Caribbean 152

XVII Marriage, Promotion, and the Brandywine 169

XVIII On the Brazil Station 182

XIX An Ebb Tide in His Life 202

XX On the West India Station 207

XXI Home and Trouble 217

XXII On the Brazil Station Again 222

XXIII Shore Duty and Second Marriage 237

XXIV In the Mexican War 242

XXV An Ordnance Expert 251

XXVI Establishes Mare Island Navy Yard 256

XXVII Commands the Steam Sloop-of-War Brooklyn 267

XXVIII Waiting Orders 286

Sources and Bibliography 297

Notes 304

Index 361

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