“Where Two Opposing Forces Meet: Franklin Buchanan and David Farragut at Mobile Bay”
John V. Quarstein, Chief Development Officer of the USS Monitor Foundation
Besides the epic battle of Hampton Roads, the Battle of Mobile Bay is one of the most iconic engagements of the Civil War at sea. This encounter pitted the Civil War’s only two full admirals, David Glasgow Farragut and Franklin Buchanan, in a classic confrontation for the control of the blockade runners’ haven Mobile Bay.
Farragut’s clarion call to action, “Damn the Torpedoes…Full Speed Ahead,” as his fleet stalled in front of Fort Morgan when the USS Tecumseh had been sunk by a torpedo, is one of naval history’s greatest statements.
Both admirals provided inspirational leadership during this battle on August 5, 1864, which witnessed a major Union victory.