(idiomatic) Used to dismiss the risks of a dangerous action.
As Farragut passed the Brooklyn, Alden called across to him to point out the torpedoes in the water dead ahead. To which Farragut purportedly replied, “Damn the torpedoes!” The phrase has gained immortality in the 150 years since, but, in fact, Farragut had little choice at this point but to go ahead.
David Glasgow Farragut (/ˈfærəɡət/; also spelled Glascoe; July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870) was a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He is remembered for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay usually paraphrased as ” Damn the torpedoes , full speed ahead” in U.S. Navy tradition.
Both Confederate and Union sides used torpedoes , but the Confederates were particularly fond of them because of their smaller navy. Torpedoes during the time period were also created to detonate electronically to allow safe passage of non-warships, such as passenger and shipping vessels.
Farragut is best known for his victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, during which he commanded his fleet to ignore Confederate defenses in the harbor, famously proclaiming “ Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead !”
The modern torpedo is a self-propelled weapon with an explosive warhead, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with its target or in proximity to it. A torpedo is essentially a guided missile that happens to “fly” underwater.
Farragut Square , a green oasis located along Connecticut Avenue near K Street, NW, was named after Union admiral David G. Farragut .
Consider the heroic utterance, “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead .” Rear Admiral David Farragut said , or more likely shouted, this or something like it as he led the Union fleet through Mobile Bay during the Civil War.
Farragut was the first person to hold the ranks of Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, and full Admiral in the United States Navy. Farragut’s gravesite in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is a National Historic Landmark and the only known surviving property directly associated with Farragut that overall retains high integrity.
David Farragut, in full David Glasgow Farragut, (born July 5, 1801 , near Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.—died Aug. 14, 1870, Portsmouth, N.H.), U.S. admiral who achieved fame for his outstanding Union naval victories during the American Civil War (1861–65).
While they proved an intimidating method of psychological warfare, landmines were often viewed as an unethical form of combat. Union General George B. McClellan denounced them as “barbarous,” and Confederate General James Longstreet briefly banned their use.
Modern mechanically fused high explosive and victim-activated landmines were used for the first time in the world’s history on a widespread basis in the American Civil War . The first American to die from a victim-activated landmine was on the Virginia peninsula in early 1862 during the siege of Yorktown.
No, dynamite was not used in the American Civil War . Dynamite was invented in Switzerland by Alfred Nobel and patented in 1867 in the United States.