DAVID GLASGOW FARRAGUT: Out First Admiral by William . Stevens
Kirkus Star


Email this review


Son of a from inorea who had fought in our Revolution, David Glasgow was born and first lived in a rough cabin in Tennessee. His mother was of English and Scotch descent. The boy's earliest experience with boats was his father's ferry at Stony Point, then they all moved down to New Orleans by flat-boat. There the father had a navy job and often took out his young son on Lake Ponchartrain in his pirogue. Yellow fever claimed the mother, after which David Porter, Jr., a naval Captain, took on the promising Farragut who was eight. In they went to Washington, then Chester, Pennsylvania, and at the age of ten the boy became a midshipman on the frigate Essex. At such an early age he had terrific responsibilities, checking the rationing of grog, laundry, taking the gig for the Captain and other such adult jobs. Besides being an excellent biography this book gives scores of interesting details about naval customs. The action is laid in three wars, that of 1812, Mexican and Civil, in all of which Farragut proved himself ""a daring and sagacious commander: a great-souled gentleman""; as says the statue by Saint-Gaudens in Madison Square in New York. One of his outstanding accomplishments was the starting of the Mare Island navy yard in San Francisco. The ship with which he is most closely associated was the Hartford, with which he captured New Orleans and Mobile Bay. Our first Admiral died at the age of sixty-nine of a bad heart, he had worked too hard, he had always been able to adapt himself to new conditions and new weapons. Very-well-written.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1942
Publisher: Dodd, Mead