David D. Porter (1813-1891)

David Dixon Porter was an admiral in the Union Navy. He was an outstanding naval officer when it came to coordinating movements with the Army. As early as age eleven he sailed in the West Indies and in the Mexican Navy. Porter joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. In April 1861 Porter was named commander and linked with his foster brother, Farragut, in the capture of New Orleans. Following the capture of Vicksburg in 1863, he was promoted to rear admiral. In 1864 he fought at Fort Fisher and received the Thanks of Congress for the fourth time. He was appointed admiral of the Navy in 1870. In this photo Porter stands on the deck of his flagship, Malvern, after his victory at Fort Fisher, North Carolina in January 1865.

January, 1865 circa 5 years
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Alexander Gardner
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