By A. T. Mahan
In getting ready this short caricature of the main celebrated of our naval heroes, the writer has been aided through the very complete and useful biography released in 1878 via 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.
The Legislature of the State met early in January and recommended all the States to appoint deputies to a peace convention, which accordingly met on the 4th of February; but the propositions made by it were not such as the National Congress could accept. On the 13th of the same month there was assembled at Richmond a State convention, the majority of the delegates to which were Union men, in the then sense of the word in that State. This fact, and the character of some of the speeches made, tended to encourage the belief to which Farragut's wishes led him; but this hope was soon damped by the passage of resolutions affirming the right of secession, and defining the grounds upon which Virginia would be justified in exercising the right.
There they united with the center; and the whole body, having accomplished its object in disarming the sea face of the town, fell back upon their boats lying along the mole. Most had already re−embarked when the Mexicans, led by Santa Anna in person, charged from the gate and down the mole at double−quick. Admiral Baudin himself was still on shore, waiting to see the last man off. Though scarcely expecting this gallant return from a force that had been so badly worsted and was much inferior in numbers, the French were not unprepared.
Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan