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Farragut, David Glasgow, an American of Spanish blood, was born at Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1801, and, entering the United States navy, rose to the rank of captain in 1855. When the Civil War broke out he declared for the North, and received command of the naval expedition against New Orleans in 1863. He forced his way past the batteries that guarded the mouth of the river, destroyed the Confederate fleet, and captured the city. Operating from this base, he succeeded in the course of a few months in making himself master of the whole of the Mississippi. In 1864 he - defeated the Confederates again in Mobile Bay, silenced the forts, and put an end to blockaderunning. For these services he received the rank of admiral, hitherto unknown in the United States, and his statue was set up at Washington and New York. He died in 1870.