Farragut, David

[ (far-uh-guht) ]

An admiral in the Union navy in the Civil War who helped secure the Mississippi River for the Union. Once, when warned of mines, called torpedoes, in the water ahead, Farragut replied, “Damn the torpedoes!”

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