THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY
Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (right) will enter the ranks of naval legend as he sends his Union fleet against the Confederates defending Mobile Bay, including the ironclad CSS Tennessee, under the command of his venerable counterpart, Admiral Franklin Buchanan (left). Farragut’s inspirational presence in the rigging of his flagship vessel USS Hartford stands its greatest test when the Union ironclad Tecumseh sinks after striking a torpedo or mine, but the Union attack presses forward at his colorful urging. Initially, the Tennessee withdraws, but Buchanan’s decision to return to the fray, exposes the vessel to heavy fire that ultimately disables her and forces him to surrender her. The Federals have effectively closed Mobile as a Confederate port.
October 11 , 2014
October 24-26, 2014
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