Farragut Entering Mobile Bay


This 6" x 9.5" original antique plate was recovered from "A Centennial Edition of the History of The United States" by Benson J. Lossing. The book was published in 1876 by the Thomas Belknap Company of Hartford, CT. Lossing's history was revised and prepared for the American Centennial in 1876. Book details U.S. history ”from the discovery of America, to the end of the first one hundred years of American independence. With a full account of the approaching Centennial celebration. Illustrated by four hundred engravings.”


This illustration, titled "Farragut Entering Mobile Bay," was engraved by H.L. Stephens.  The paper shows some foxing and light stains towards the edges, engraving is bright under the original tissueguard, which is included. David Farragut was a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. He is remembered for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay (in which he was victorious) usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" in U.S. Navy tradition.

Title page from the original book shown for informational purposes and is not included with the sale.