Admiral Farragut honored at his birthplace (and an update on the missing monument)

In Farragut, Tennessee, they are proud of their namesake – David G. Farragut – on the 150th anniversary of the Admiral’s greatest victory. Jack Neely of the MetroPulse writes:

Farragut, the man, has gotten a lot more attention here just lately. The Town of Farragut, America’s biggest municipality named for the admiral (there’s at least one other, in Iowa), has erected an impressive, larger-than-life bronze statue high on a pedestal, right beside Town Hall. There are other Farragut statues around the country, very prominent ones in New York, Washington, and Boston, but this one’s the newest. His visage is stern, the flap on his coat suggesting a sea breeze. Surrounding it, stone markers telling his story in chapters, with a couple of genuine artifacts: the 32-pounder from the USS Independence, on which the teenage Farragut served just after the War of 1812, and a nine-inch Dahlgren cannon from Farragut’s own flagship, the Hartford.

The Town of Farragut has acquired most of the admiral’s personal papers. In Town Hall, the Farragut Museum houses an intimate exhibit about Farragut’s life: his telescopes, his cash box, his 1810 midshipman’s enlistment papers, his four-star admiral’s flag, his last will and testament, his personal shipboard desk.

This Saturday morning, the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will unveil a Civil War Trail Marker at Admiral Farragut Park on Northshore Drive.

All the new attention is coming just as his presumed childhood home is being developed as an exclusive residential community. Last summer, Dewey’s big, stone Farragut birthplace monument vanished.

Last year we covered the missing monument on the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial blog. While the monument remains out of sight, at least there are discussions aimed at resolving the issues.

Picture of marker by Margot Kline of Knoxville, Tennessee, courtesy of HMDB.org.

 

But setting that aside for a moment, I encourage you to read the full article from MetroPulse. Neely details over a century of “remembering” Farragut in the man’s birthplace. So many themes are there. Just a few decades removed from reconstruction, a town renamed to honor a southern unionist with a Hispanic background? Those interested in public memory will find the article a good read.

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