Admiral Farragut on moving full steam ahead when times look bleek!

On August 5, 1864, Admiral Farragut led a flotilla of 14 wooden ships, four ironclads, and numerous gunboats into Mobile Bay to seal off the city of Mobile, one of the two remaining Confederate ports. Guarding the bay were Forts Morgan and Gaines, natural and manmade obstructions, torpedo (mine) fields, and a small confederate naval force under the command of Admiral Buchanan, embarked in the ironclad CSS Tennessee.

While entering the bay, the Union monitor USS Tecumseh struck a submerged torpedo and sank. Under fire from both the Confederate fleet and Fort Morgan, Farragut had to choose between retreating or risking the minefield. He then issued his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!"

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