Lithograph entitled and captioned "Admiral Farragut's fleet engaging Rebel batteries at Port Hudson. March 14, 1863. On the night of the 14th at eleven o'clock the fleet came within range of the batteries and the action commenced. The Flagship 'Hartford' with the 'Albatross' passed through the terrible ordeal in safety and proceeded toward Vicksburg. The Frigate 'Mississippi' ran ashore and was abandoned and set on fire, the other vessels returned without material damage." At Port Hudson, Louisiana, the Confederates had been constructing and strengthening their second line of defense of the river valley, until they considered it impregnable. Farragut resolved to attempt to run by the Port Hudson batteries, if he could not demolish them. A furious battle ensued and the battle of Port Hudson has been pronounced as the severest in the naval history of the civil war. David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 - August 14, 1870) was a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. He is remembered in popular culture for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
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