Fitz-John Porter (1822-1901)

Fitz-John Porter was a Union general during the Civil War who received two brevets during the Mexican War for gallantry, graduated from West Point, and was an artillery instructor there for six years. Despite his credentials, he was court-martialed and found guilty in 1862 as a result of comments made about John Pope, his superior officer. At 2nd Bull Run, Porter was ordered to attack the flank and rear of Jackson's command. But Porter did not attack because the order was based on misinformation. John Pope relieved him for disobedience and disloyalty and Porter was cashiered in January 1863. An 1878 inquiry revealed that Porter had rightly avoided a doomed attack which Longstreet would have crushed. Moreover, Porter's decision most likely saved the Army of Virginia from disaster.

1863 circa 5 years
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Mathew Brady
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