A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History
"Damn the Torpedoes -- Full Speed Ahead!"
On August 5, 1864, U. S. Rear Admiral David Farragut led the Union attack on Mobile Bay. The Confederates
protected the bay at Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines using mines, called torpedoes. When the lead ship struck a
mine and sank, Farragut allegedly urged his men on with the cry of, "Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!"