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NYC: Madison Square Park - Admiral Farragut Monument

The Admiral David G. Farragut monument, was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1881, to the Civil War naval officer at the northern axis of Madison Square Park. It is the first major public commission by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It was also hisfirst project with Stanford White, of McKim, Mead & White. White was responsible for the design of the base and its setting, Gaudens for the sculptural figure.

 

By 1900, the original sandstone base began to deteriorate; in 1934 the City of New York had it replicated in granite. The original base is now exhibited at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.

 

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801–1870) was the senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and full admiral of the Navy. He is remembered in popular culture for his possibly apocryphal order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

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