By A. T. Mahan
In getting ready this short comic strip of the main celebrated of our naval heroes, the writer has been aided via the very complete and beneficial biography released in 1878 by way of his son, Mr. Loyall Farragut, who has additionally kindly provided for this paintings many extra info of curiosity from the Admiral's journals and correspondence, and from different memoranda.
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Some very important results were obtained; but the circumstance connected with this duty which has now most interest, is that in it Farragut was associated with Lieutenant 37 Admiral Farragut Percival Drayton, who was afterward his flag−captain and chief−of−staff at the battle of Mobile Bay. The intimacy formed during this year of experimental duty at Old Point lasted throughout their lives. Soon after this the Crimean war broke out. ” The utility of such a mission can not be doubted, and his occupations of the past few years particularly prepared him for such an inquiry.
These were the troublous early times of California—the days of the Vigilance Committee and the Law and Order Party. With these intestine troubles of a State the military officers of the United States had no proper concern; but there was continually a possibility that they might be forced to take a stand by the interference of one side or the other with civil officials of the United States Government, or might be induced, by a request from the authorities, to act upon the ground that there was no time to refer to Washington for instructions.
Soon after his arrival Farragut was ordered to command the Brooklyn, one of six steam sloops−of−war just being completed. She belonged to that new navy of thirty years ago which the United States Government, most luckily for itself, had determined to build, and which became fairly available just in time for the exigencies of the Civil War. It has been said, and that on the floors of Congress by a politician conspicuous in his party, that past history teaches that preparation for war is unnecessary to the United States, and the conditions precedent to the wars of 1812 and 1861 have been cited in support of the assertion.