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    "Damn the torpedoes..."

    David G. Farragut: A Wonderful Content Autograph Letter Signed Re: Victory at Mobile Bay. ALS, U.S. Flag Ship Hartford, Mobile Bay, October 1, 1864, written to Captain Henry A. Wise, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography, signed on the last page "D. G. Farragut/ Rear Admiral". In full: "I take great pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of your kind letter from Mrs. Wise & a note from Mr. Everett together with the news paper containing his remarks for the recent victories, in which he is pleased to compliment the Navy & Army generally, & myself in particular, for all of which please express to him my sincere thanks & assure him of my full appreciation of this high remark of his respect for my successful exertions, to serve my country in this her day of great pride. It is to such as Mr. Everett, that an officer looks for his ultimate reward, it is they who hand us down to posterity for what we are worth, & that worth is measured by our services to the country. Permit me to thank you again, for your complimentary expressions in favor of the services I have rendered to the Navy by the fortunate issue of our late Battle. Would that all the Navy could have joined in it, & participated in that glory they so graciously award to us." After the U.S.S. Tecumseh struck a mine (torpedo) and sank in Mobile Bay, Farragut, lashed to the rigging of his flagship, ordered the recalcitrant ships to proceed at full speed, thus enabling a decisive victory.

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