- Jan 24, 2013
I'm ignorant of this event. Was Admiral Farragut lashed to the shrouds?
Freeman apparently caused an ugly kerfluffle in 1887, when he wrote a letter to another Navy veteran in Kingston, New York, that eventually was published in the New York Times. In it, Freeman denied that Admiral Farragut had been lashed to the shrouds during the battle. Farragut was long since gone, and the image of him having himself tied into the shrouds had already become something of sacred lore. Freeman, who was in the maintop of the ship just a few feet above Farragut during the action, was described as a "wretch who now desires to defame and belittle the renown of that event."
So he would have both hands free to use his field glasses, and signal with his arms, and not have to concentrate on holding on. Some sources say he was always uneasy going aloft, and had suffered much as a Midshipman, whenever he was ordered up. It took great courage and self control to overcome his fear of heights.He was almost certainly in the shrouds, as he was wont to do in order to see above the smoke of battle-- there are reports of him doing this at New Orleans and elsewhere. Whether he was "lashed" there may be another matter.
One of the memoirs/autobiographies of one of the officers (later an admiral) who had served under him. Not Dewey, I believe, but another. I read several of these a couple of years ago. I'll try to find out which one.hm... Not necessarily differing with you, but I don't recall reading about that. What's your source for that?