Admiral David G. Farragut, USN

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 twelve years old.
 
He joined the Navy in December 1810 and 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. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, New York.

Bruce Tucker

Bruce Tucker is a retired Information Technology Project Manager with 30 years of experience with major corporations like Teacher Insurance, Bristol Myers Squibb and Prudential Financial.   Bruce also served as a volunteer officer in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Program for 12 years as a training officer, executive officer and commanding officer at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck NJ.

For the past 12 years Bruce has been a member of the faculty of Rutgers University School of Continuing Studies presenting courses on both American History and Political Science.   Bruce was recently awarded the Marlene Pomper Excellence in Teaching award by Rutgers.  He has also presented history lectures on a variety of history topics at local libraries, senior community centers, corporations and many Civil War Roundtables.
Bruce is serves as President of the USS LEHIGH Naval Living History Association and as Secretary of the Navy & Marine Living History Association.  

Bruce has been presenting living history for the past 10 years as Admiral David G Farragut at many re-enactment events, local libraries & schools. Most recently he was invited to present as Admiral Farragut at the Civil War Naval Symposium aboard the battleship USS New Jersey last year.

Bruce’s website is at brucetuckerpresents.com and he may be reached via email at david.farragut@uniongenerals.org.

Bruce Tucker