Friday Night Concert: “The Brooklyn, Sloop-of-War”
One of the reasons I enjoy this album is because four of the thirteen songs on it are explicitly about events that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. The four songs are “The Fight of the Hatteras and Alabama,” “Farragut’s Ball,” “The Florida‘s Cruise,” and this one, “The Brooklyn, Sloop-of-War.” Four out of thirteen may not seem like a lot, but it’s more attention than the Gulf gets most of the time when talking about the naval side of the Civil War.
This particular song deals with Farragut’s passage of the forts below New Orleans in April 1862, but Brooklyn gave long service with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the war. She was the division flagship stationed off Galveston for a time, and in August 1864 led the Federal fleet when Farragut forced the entrance to Mobile Bay, ending Mobile’s time as a blockade-running port.