Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 27, 2021

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead !

Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead !

This is what Admiral Farragut directed at the battle of the Bay of Mobile during the Civil War in 1864…

The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864, was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked the Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and the three interoperating land based and heavily fortified gun emplacements of the major forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay…

Farragut’s order of “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!” became famous in paraphrase, as the stoutly heartening command:

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

These words carried the fleet safely across the Mobile Bay and thus earned Victory from the jaws of defeat for the Union fleet in such a swift manner that these words have now been enshrined into the lexicon of our everyday leadership and command of the English language when used to motivate our troops to battle…

Three Cheers … for Farragut and his fearless leadership.


Dr Churchill


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