May 25, 2017

Featured Source: Admiral Farragut Enters Mobile Bay

Chart showing the entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut into Mobile Bay 5th of August 1864

Weir, Robert. “Chart showing the entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut into Mobile Bay. 5th of August 1864.” N.Y. Lith. by Hatch & Co. 1864. Notes: Detailed map showing five positions and the tracks of the vessels during the sea battle, obstructions, channels, banks, and shoals. Includes small views of the “Iron-clad Tennessee,” Federal ship colliding with the Ram Tennessee, a vessel sailing past what appears to be Mobile Point, and a general view of the battle. Inset: Diagram showing points of collision of different vessels upon the Ram.

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