THE BRONX - The Woodlawn Cemetery gravesite of the first U.S. admiral is being named a national historic landmark.
Members of the Navy offered tribute today to Adm. David Glasgow Farragut, a Civil War hero and first admiral of the U.S. Navy, who was laid to rest in the Bronx. The admiral was born in Tennessee of Spanish descent.
Farragut took to the seas at the age of nine to serve in the War of 1812. Years later he captured New Orleans and fought in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War.
The admiral is best remembered for his battle cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by issuing a Forever Stamp honoring another one of Farragut's famous battles; the Siege of Vicksburg.
Woodlawn Cemetery itself is a national historic landmark. The only other gravesites that are landmarks in the U.S. are those of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley.