Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut

Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut

by James P. Duffy
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Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
troutrivers More than 1 year ago
As the other reviewer mentioned, Farragut's pre Civil War life is briefly summarized - but it is an important summary. A veteran of the War of 1812, Farragut learned much, including the bitterness of defeat in that war. Also, although a son of the south, he had served a lifetime under the Stars 'n Stripes and when the flag was fired on at Fort Sumpter it was his flag that was defiled. The river campaigns are dealt with in detail, the must part for Civil War buffs. His greatest achievment was Mobile Bay of course, and although declining health forced him to leave active service thereafter he did live several more years and was the rightful recipient of numerous acolades. And for naval history buffs, he was in many ways America's Nelson. His 'damn the torpedoes' order very much was in the spirit of Nelson's command at the start of Trafalger "Engage the enemy more closely". And another generation of American naval officers took this to heart, as Commander Dewey commented his thought as he ordered his fleet to attack the Spanish in Manila Bay in 1898 was "What would Farragut have done?"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be full of great information, while being very readable. I love that the first 60 years of Farragut's life was confined to the first short chapter. Most of the book concentrated on the major battles: the strategies, delays, shortages, mistakes, politics & ultimate triumphs. It is wonderful that this is what the book focused on, not getting bogged down with what happened elsewhere. I did not learn about David Farragut when I was in school. What I have discovered, thanks to this book, is that the admiral was a real hero. Taking New Orleans was a stroke of pure genius. Yet, like all truly great men, he downplayed his own incredible bravery & mourned all the lives lost under his command. I heartily suggest using Lincoln's Admiral as a textbook in studies of the Civil War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago