Admiral David G. Farragut, USN
David Farragut began his life as a sailor early; he commanded a prize ship captured in the War of 1812 when he was just twelve years old.
He was born July 5th 1801 and was commissioned Midshipman in the US Navy December 17th 1810 at age 9. By the time of the Civil War; Farragut had proven his ability repeatedly. Despite the fact that he was born and raised in the South, Farragut chose to side with the Union.
In April, 1862, while commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, “Flag Officer” Farragut took the city and port of New Orleans. As a reward, the Union created the new rank of Rear Admiral.
Farragut’s greatest fame came from the August 5, 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay. The Confederates had placed a large number of “torpedoes” in the waters. The monitor USS Tecumseh struck a torpedo and began to sink, causing the rest of the fleet to back away from the mine-infested waters.At the time, Farragut was watching the battle while lashed to the rigging of his flagship (USS Hartford). Alarmed, Farragut shouted, “What’s the trouble?” The USS Brooklyn answered, “Torpedoes!” Farragut shouted back, “Damn the torpedoes! Four Bells! Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!” In the end, Farragut’s fleet defeated Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan and the last open seaport on the Gulf of Mexico fell to the Union.
Farragut was promoted to Vice Admiral in December of 1864; in July of 1866 he was promoted to Admiral. Admiral Farragut stayed on active duty for the remainder of his life, and died in 1870 in at the Naval base at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York (Farragut’s grave was recently designated as a national historic site).
Bruce holds a BA degree in Political Science & History from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York and a MS degree in Information Technology & Project Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey.. Bruce, spent 25 years working in advancing positions of Systems Support/Project Management, Process Design/Management and Learning Development/Content Management.
As a 2nd career, Bruce now teaches history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ for the Osher Life Long Learning Program (OLLI-RU).
Bruce served for 10 years as a volunteer officer in the US Naval Sea Cadet program. Eventually he became a cadet detachment commanding officer and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and earning a distinguished service ribbon. As a training officer, Bruce taught Naval history, leadership and the customs,courtesies traditions of the US Navy to Naval cadets at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck NJ. His strong interest & knowledge of American Naval history, particularly of the Civil War period, inspired him to become a Civil War Naval Living History presenter.
Since 2009, Bruce has presented living history presentations as both Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and Captain Uriah Phillips Levy USN, to churches, synagogues, schools, libraries, museums, senior centers and civil war roundtable groups in NY, NJ, CT, DE and PA.
He is currently the President of the USS LEHIGH/USS Monitor Naval Living History group and Corresponding Secretary of the Navy Marine Living History Association.