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FARRAG_970512_01.JPG: Farragut Square
This is a picture of Farragut Square, located between the "two 17th Streets" and between K and I streets and along Connecticut Avenue (which we see heading north directly behind the statue). It's a couple of blocks north of the White House.
The statue itself is of Admiral David Farragut. Farragut had seized New Orleans, the largest city of the Confederacy, for the Union. The sea approaches to New Orleans had been defended by two forts--Jackson and St Philip. On the morning of April 24, 1862, a huge engagement by Farragut's ships coated the area with enough smoke and ruin to allow the ships to occupy New Orleans and cut off the two forts, which surrendered.
Farragut, a Tennessee native with deep southern ties, added his bit to the famous quotes of the war by later seizing Mobile Bay Alabama (August 5 1864). This involved getting through a Confederate mine field (which were called "torpedoes" in those days). After one of his ships was destroyed, causing the others to falter in their attack, Farragut declared "Damn the torpedoes--full speed ahead!" and the initiative was restored.
The material for the statue was created using the bronze propellor of Farragut's ship, the USS Hartford.
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Wikipedia Description: Farragut Square
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Farragut Square is a city square in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 2. It is bordered by K Street NW on the north, I Street NW to the south, and on the east and west by segments of 17th Street NW, and it interrupts Connecticut Avenue NW. It is serviced by two stops on the Washington Metro rail system, Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Blue and Orange lines.
Farragut Square is a hub of downtown DC, at the center of a bustling daytime commercial and business district. The neighborhood includes major hotels, legal and professional offices, news media offices, travel agencies, and countless restaurants including two underground food courts. Sometimes events are scheduled for the lunchtime crowds which gather in and around the square, such as the free "Farragut Sounds in the Square" jazz concert series, held every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. from July 3 to August 19. With its heavy pedestrian traffic, it also serves as a popular site for leafletting, TV camera opinion polls, and for commercial promotions and political activity such as canvassing and demonstrations.
The most prominent institution on the square is the Army Navy Club, on the southeast. Since the commercial building boom of the 1960s, there is little residential property in the area, and the square is mostly quiet after business hours. Many of the sandwich shops and coffeehouses that cater to neighborhood workers close before the dinner hour, as do the many street vendors. In recent years, however, especially since the 2003 rehabilitation of the park, movie screenings and similar evening activities have become more common, as have nightclubs in adjacent downtown areas.
The square is a known hangout for bicycle messengers and for pigeons, sparrows, and a few starlings.
On Fridays, several food carts congregate in an activity known as "Farragut Friday".
In the center of the square is a statue of David G. Farragut, ...More...
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