The Battle of Mobile Bay marked the intersection of two extraordinary naval careers. The two men who commanded the opposing naval forces there in August 1864 had between them more than 100 years of Navy experience.
Confluence of Careers Mobile Bay
David Glasgow Farragut and Franklin Buchanan each served for decades in the small antebellum U.S. Navy. But their naval careers largely took different courses until finally converging in battle on 5 August 1864.
By Craig L. Symonds