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David Porter
Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Military
October 1, 1862 David Dixon Porter is given command of the Mississippi Squadron
April 16, 1863 Rear Admiral David Porter sent 12 vessels south on the Mississippi past Vicksburg. Although hit a number of times by Confederate gunners, the vessels suffered little damage. Mississippi
April 22, 1863 Grant's forces south of Vicksburg are resupplied by Porter's fleet, which suffered heavy losses when transports and barges steamed by Confederate batteries
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
  Ulysses S. Grant
May 19, 1863 General Ulysses S. Grant [US] makes contact with Rear Admiral David Porter, sailing north from New Orleans with supplies Mississippi
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
August 1, 1863 David Porter assumes command of federal Navy forces on the Mississippi River.
April 13, 1864 Admiral David Porter arrives at Grand Ecore. Louisiana
  Red River Campaign
January 13, 1865
January 15, 1865
Attack on Fort Fisher

Admiral David Porter attacks the Conderate fort on Cape Fear with the largest fleet ever assembled to that time. General Alfred Terry lands an amphibious force which captures the fort
North Carolina
February 22, 1865 Following a bombardment by gunboats under the command of Rear Admiral David Porter, William T. Sherman captures Wilmington North Carolina
  William Tecumseh Sherman
March 27, 1865 Lincoln held a council of war with Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and David Porter on the River Queen at City Point
  Abraham Lincoln
  Ulysses S. Grant
  William Tecumseh Sherman

David Porter

Cousin of Fitz-John Porter
Grew up with David Farragut

Admiral David Porter, who is occasionally referred to as David Dixon Porter to distinguish him from his father, Commodore Porter, served under Flag Officer David Farragut during the Battle of New Orleans. He disagreed with Farragut about bypassing Fort Jefferson and Fort St. Philip on the Mississippi.

After the capture of Vicksburg Porter was put in command of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron and played a major, if understated role in assisting General Ulysses S. Grant at the Siege of Petersburg. Porter was one of three commanding officers who joined Abraham Lincoln on board the River Queen to plan the final days of The Civil War

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David Porter was last changed on - June 11, 2006
David Porter was added on - June 10, 2006

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