Journal of a graduate student in military history and the American Civil War

On the Hunt for Sources on David G. Farragut’s Leadership

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I’ve decided choose as topic for the research paper I’m writing for my current class, the leadership of David G. Farragut during the New Orleans Campaign. I’m on the hunt for both primary and secondary sources. Let me know if you have recommendations.




Portrait of Rear Adm. David G. Farragut, officer of the Federal Navy (Vice Adm. from Dec. 3, 1864) Source: Library of Congress LC-B813- 1561 A



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  1. Sorry for the late reply — probably too late — but I enjoyed Chester Hearne’s biography of Farragut. One especially interesting aspect of that is the extent to which Farragut relied on his flag captain, Percival Drayton, to make his instructions work. (Farragut apparently did not bother himself much with the nuts and bolts of operational implementation.

    Drayton’s an interesting guy, a South Carolinian who stayed with the Union. Drayton Hall, the preserved plantation near Charleston, is his family’s homestead.


    November 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

    • Andy,
      Thanks for the recommendation. I concur and have received a copy in the last week. I look forward to reading.

      Thanks again for the tip.



      Rene Tyree

      November 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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