Admiral David G. Farragut, circa 1863. Mathew Brady Collection. Farragut was the first man in US naval history to be a rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral. He is also noted for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Only four 1861 Confederate Half Dollar coins were ever struck. The original coins are considered priceless, and re-strikes from the original dye are worth $4,000-$10,00 dollars. The original coins were struck at the New Orleans Mint, the only US mint to fall into non US possession. It was captured by the Confederate Army on January 26, 1861, and it was recaptured by 250 Marines of the U.S.S. Pensacola under the command of Admiral David Farragut in April, 1862.