Free lecture in Boise,Idaho observes 150th Aniversary of Adm.Farragut and Battle of Mobile Bay

August 2014 is the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay which took place during August 5-23, 1864 This free multimedia program is being presented by the Idaho Civil War Roundtable to mark when the Union navy under the command of Rear Admiral David Farragut captured the most important Confederate port left on the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the CWSAC battle summary: Farragut’s Union fleet of eighteen ships entered Mobile Bay on August 5 and received a devastating fire from Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points. After passing the forts, Farragut forced the Confederate naval forces, under Adm. Franklin Buchanan, to surrender, which effectively closed Mobile Bay. By August 23, Fort Morgan, the last big holdout, fell, shutting down the port. The city, however, remained uncaptured.

The program will cover the days leading up to the battle, the sinking of the Union monitor Tecumseh, the meaning behind the quote "Damn the Torpedoes...full speed ahead" and how the Union victory affected the course of the war.

78 years later, the famous name of Farragut became a permanent part of Idaho's landscape when the largest lake in the North Idaho panhandle, Lake Pend Oreille was selected as a training area for new navy recruits and President Franklin Roosevelt named the site "Farragut" in honor of the victorious naval hero of Mobile Bay.

Historians from the Idaho Civil War 150 will alsotalk about the history of the Farragut Naval Training Station, the former military training base that was opened in September of 1942, and that at one time had a population of 55,000, making it the largest city in Idaho.


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