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By A. T. Mahan

In getting ready this short comic strip of the main celebrated of our naval heroes, the writer has been aided by way of the very complete and priceless biography released in 1878 through his son, Mr. Loyall Farragut, who has additionally kindly provided for this paintings many extra information of curiosity from the Admiral's journals and correspondence, and from different memoranda.

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When the Brooklyn entered the river he was lying at the point of death, but heard of his brother's approach, and expressed a hope that he might live long enough to see him again after so many years of separation. The wish was not to be fulfilled. Though ignorant of the danger, Captain Farragut hastened to the city, himself also looking forward with pleasure to the meeting; but he arrived only in time to see his brother dead, and to follow him to the grave. Farragut remained attached to the Brooklyn for two years.

In October, 1860, he was relieved by Captain W. S. Walker, and returned to his home in Norfolk. This ended his sea service prior to the Civil War, and as the captain of a single ship. Thenceforward, during the brief but important remnant of his active career, he was to command great fleets. 40 Admiral Farragut CHAPTER VI. THE QUESTION OF ALLEGIANCE. 1860−1861. When Captain Farragut returned to Norfolk in October, 1860, he was, albeit unconsciously, rapidly approaching the turning point of his life, the tide in his affairs which taken at the flood should lead on to fortune.

A well directed fire from the fort would, he thought, have destroyed the steamers and prevented the frigates from gaining the carefully chosen position, where they were least exposed to the guns of the works. Immediately after the submission of the castle Farragut went ashore to examine and note the effects of the fire, and especially of the horizontal shell fire; which was then so much a novelty in naval warfare that he speaks of the missiles continuously as shell−shot, apparently to distinguish them from the vertically thrown bombs.

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