ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/03/1862 - HFSID 155754
Sale Price $637.50
ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER
As the Civil War entered its second year, he signed this autograph letter sending a late rent check, excusing himself because "I have had my hands full."
Autograph Letter signed: "David D. Porter", 1 page, 5¼8¼ Georgetown, 1862 January 3. To "Dear Sir", in full: "Excuse me for not attending to this little matter sooner, but as I have had my hands full I feel myself excusable. Enclosed is a check for $100 the rent to the 10th of Dec. 1861. Very truly & sincerely". David Dixon Porter (1813-1891), a member of a famous naval family, was a leading Union naval officer during the Civil War. When the war erupted, he participated in the blockade of Pensacola, Florida. Porter later served under Admiral David Farragut in the attacks on New Orleans and Vicksburg in 1862. For his services at Vicksburg, Porter earned a promotion to Rear Admiral. His gunboats later helped win a foothold in North Carolina. After the war, Porter served four years as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, improving its curriculum and physical plant. He went on to serve in the Navy Department and was promoted to Admiral in 1870. Porter also authored books on naval affairs and several novels. Two moisture stains at upper section. ¼ tear at left edge 1¼ from top corner. Horizontal fold creases. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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