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Signed autograph letter to a Philadelphia newspaper publisher (1883), thanking him for a gift and for his editorial support
Autograph Letter signed: "F. J. Porter", 1 page. 5x8. New York, (1883 22 January. To "Geo. W. Childs, Esq", in full: "I give you my sincere thanks for your kindly remembrance in sending me the almanac for 1883, which I am glad to receive. I also express to you my warm appreciation of your many excellent articles in my behalf - which have been of great benefit to me and for I & those dear to me will ever be grateful & trust that every act of our lives will show we will try to be worthy of. With ever good wishes. Yours sincerely". Union General Fitz John Porter (1822-1901), cousin of Union Admiral David Porter, graduated from West Point and later taught there. He was wounded in the Mexican War and served on the frontier. Early in the Civil War, he fought well as a provisional corps commander under McClellan in the Peninsula Campaign. At the Battle of Second Manasses (August 1862), however, Brigadier General Porter failed to cut Stonewall Jackson's and James Longstreet's forces and allowed the Confederates to emerge from Second Bull Run with a victory. General Pope blamed the Union Army's failure on Porter, charging him with willfully disobeying his orders. Porter was court-martialed, found guilty in January 1863 and forced out of the Army. After spending the next 23 years trying to clear his name, in 1886, by Act of Congress, his rank was restored and Porter was reinstated so he could honorably retire. A board of investigation also decided that Porter had shown better judgment by ignoring Pope's orders. This letter's recipient George W. Childs (1829-1894) was co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger. He had purchased the paper in 1864, reversed its editorial stance by strongly supporting the Union war effort, and returned the paper to influence and profitability. Normal mailing folds. Adhesive and paper residue (previous mounting) at upper left corner. Adhesive residue on entire right edge on verso - minor show-through. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: August 31, 1822 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died: May 22, 1901 in Morristown, New Jersey

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