Summary

Farragut was the first admiral in the US Navy. With a naval career spanning 60 years, Farragut served during the War of 1812 as well as the Civil War.

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral (1862), Vice Admiral (1864) 2
Rank:
Admiral 1
Birth:
05 Jul 1801 3
Lowe's Ferry, Holston River, near Knoxville, Tennessee 4
Death:
14 Aug 1870 5
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (now Kittery, Maine) 5
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Birth:
05 Jul 1801 3
Lowe's Ferry, Holston River, near Knoxville, Tennessee 3
Male 3
Death:
14 Aug 1870 2
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (now Kittery, Maine) 2
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, NY 2
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Birth:
Mother: Elizabeth Shine 3
Father: George Farragut 3
Marriage:
Virginia Loyall 2
26 Dec 1843 2
Marriage:
Susan Caroline Marchant 2
02 Sep 1824 2
Spouse Death Date: 27 Dec 1840 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral (1862), Vice Admiral (1864) 2
Rank:
Admiral 1
Service Start Date:
1861 1
Service End Date:
1865 1
Battles:
Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Battle of New Orleans, Siege of Vicksburg, Siege of Port Hudson, Battle of Mobile Bay 2
Commands held:
West Gulf Blockading Squadron (1862) 2

Other Service 4

Branch:
Navy 4
Rank:
Admiral (1866) 4
Service Start Date:
1810 2
Service End Date:
1870 2
Commands held:
USS Ferret, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, European Squadron 2

War of 1812 3

Branch:
Navy 4
Rank:
Midshipman (1810) 2
Rank:
Admiral 3
Age:
12-14 2
Battles:
USS Essex vs HMS Alert, Action off Charles Island, Nuku Hiva Campaign, Battle of Valparaiso 2

Civil War - Union 3

Branch:
Navy 3

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America's first admiral

On 16 July 1862, Farragut was made a rear admiral for his capture of New Orleans during the Civil War. He was the first American to achieve that rank in the US Navy, as Congress created the rank to honor him (the term “flag officer” was used previously). Likewise, Farragut was the US Navy’s first vice admiral (31 Dec 1864) and full admiral (26 July 1866).

Thanks of Congress

The thanks of Congress to David Farragut for the actions that would shortly thereafter lead to the creation of the rank of rear admiral and Farragut’s promotion to that rank:

Upon recommendation of the president:

A resolution of thanks to Captain David G. Farragut, of the United States Navy, and to the officers and men under his command.

That the thanks of the people and of the Congress of the United States are due and are hereby tendered to Captain David G. Farragut, of the United States Navy, and to the officers and men under his command, composing his squadron in the Gulf of Mexico, for their successful operations on the lower Mississippi River, and for their gallantry displayed in the capture of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and the city of New Orleans, and in the destruction of the enemy’s gunboats and armed flotilla.

Sec. 2. And be it further resolved. That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to communicate this resolution to Captain Farragut, and through him to the officers and men under his command.

Approved July 11, 1862.

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