Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 renowned historical, naval artist Dean Mosher
presented the Admiral Farragut Academy Museum with two signed, limited
edition prints depicting events which were turning points in the
Union’s victory over the Confederacy. Each scene also reflected a
moment in history led by Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, for whom
Farragut is named.
Navy League Past President Chris Paddock was on hand for the presentation made to the Headmaster of Admiral Farragut Academy, Robert J. Fine, Jr. and CAPT Tom McClelland (USN -Ret) - Director of Naval Science at Farragut. In addition students from the AP History Class were present. The gift of these two prints to the Admiral Farragut Academy Museum was made possible by the Navy League’s Tampa Council. “We are so honored to have these particularly prints as they are historically significant to our namesake - Admiral David G. Farragut.”, said Fine. “We are also so pleased that the Navy League thought to ask us if we would be interested in having Mosher’s prints among the museum’s collection.” Mosher has been a friend to the Navy League’s Tampa Council as a frequent speaker for their installation dinner and participant during Navy Week activities.
The prints presented were: "The Battle of Mobile Bay", 7:45 a.m., August 5, 1864 and "Damn the torpedoes -- full speed ahead!" - a call to arms given by Admiral Farragut and a quote for which he is most acknowledged.
Mosher spoke on why he had chosen the particular battle scenes to put on canvas and described to the students and attendees, the military strategy which Admiral Farragut conceived and used so skillfully. He attributed Admiral Farragut with “changing the course of our history.” “It’s rare that our students have the opportunity to hear the sequence of events unfolded so eloquently as Dean Mosher has done here today,” says McClelland. Mosher has succeeded in creating the most accurate and comprehensive historical depictions possible. He has worked closely with the world's finest scholars, historians, and experts, including the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and several major universities. But one of the greatest attributes to Mosher’s ability to bring life to his prints is the fact that, along with being an accomplished artist, he is also a screenwriter.