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Identifier: A1238

Title: David D. Porter Papers, 1862-1864


David D. Porter was born June 8 1813, in Chester, Pennsylvania. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. During the Civil War he commanded the Mississippi Squadron, and after the fall of Vicksburg in July 1863, was promoted to rear admiral. Following the unsuccessful Red River Campaign of 1864, he was sent to command the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After the war he served for several years as superintendent of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and in 1869 he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. He died February 13, 1891, in Washington.

The collection, most of which was donated by a manuscript collector, consists primarily of correspondence to Admiral Porter from several high-ranking Union officers-including generals Nathaniel P. Banks, Ulysses S. Grant, John A. McClernand, and William T. Sherman-regarding operations in the lower Mississippi River Valley. Collection contains accounts of the Yazoo River Expedition, the Arkansas Post Expedition, the Vicksburg Campaign, the siege of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Red River Campaign. Also contains information on gunboats and the operations of the Mississippi Squadron.

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2 boxes

Cite as: David D. Porter Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1862-1864

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts




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