Widely thought of as one of New York City’s finest statues, the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument is set perfectly upon the park’s north-south axis, where it watches over the Reflecting Pool and Oval Lawn.
The Farragut statue measures 8 feet 5 inches tall and stands, as the Admiral once did, on the deck of a battleship heading into naval combat. It is mounted atop a granite base on which you’ll see the Admiral’s sword cutting through waves as the female figures of Courage and Loyalty stand to either side.
Originally unveiled in 1881, this monument was created as a collaboration between architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It is considered a fine example of American art of the period.
Admiral Farragut was a Union hero of the American Civil War. He is still famous for speaking the immortal words “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” as he took his fleet past the forts of Mobile Bay.