David G. Farragut was a U.S. Naval officer. He was appointed Midshipman in 1810 and rose through the ranks to become Admiral in 1866. During the Civil War he had command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. Farragut died in 1870. John A. Dahlgren (1809-1870), also a U.S. Naval officer, is known as the “father of American naval ordnance.” He was appointed midshipman in 1826 and was first assigned to ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard in 1847. Over the next 15 years, he invented and developed bronze boat guns, heavy smoothbore shell guns, and rifled ordnance. Dahlgren became commandant of the Washington Navy Yard in 1861 and chief of the Bureau of Ordnance in 1862.
Letter from David Gleason Farragut, dated 1862 January 12, Willard’s Hotel, to John A. Dahlgren, Navy Yard, Washington. Reads in part: “Will you please to let me know the result of your experiments with the musket or rifle against the Boiler Iron at the different distances …”
- Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870
- Military weapons
- Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870
- Odnance, Naval