Signed orders to report from the U. S. S. Commodore Morris to the wooden screw steamer U. S. S. Monticello dated March 31, 1865 - one day before the Battle of Five Forks and nine before General Lee's surrender

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Signed orders to report from the U. S. S. Commodore Morris to the wooden screw steamer U. S. S. Monticello dated March 31, 1865 - one day before the Battle of Five Forks and nine before General Lee's surrender
Document signed "David D. Porter" as Rear Admiral, Comd'g North Atlantic Squadron. Also signed "Delivered/April 1st 1865/Robert G. Lee, Actg Master/Com'g U. S. S. Como Morris" in other hand. 1 page, 8¼x9¾. U.S. Flag-Ship Malvern, March 31, 1865. To Act. Ensign Joseph Ware, U.S. Navy, N. Atlantic Squadron. In full: "You are hereby detached from the U. S. S. Commo Morris and you will report, without delay, to the Commanding Officer of the U. S .S. Monticello for duty." This document is dated one day before the decisive Union victory at the Battle of Five Forks. This loss led to Lee's decision to abandon Petersburg and to retreat to Appomattox Courthouse, where he surrendered eight days later. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated two weeks after this document was dated, on April 14. "Commo Morris" is the U. S. S. Commodore Morris, a 532-ton armed side-wheel paddler built in New York in 1862 and that served in the rivers and creeks of Virginia during the American Civil War transporting troops and prisoners, dragging for mines and towing disabled ships. She was sold in July of 1865. The U. S. S. Monticello, a 655-ton wooden screw steamer, was built in Mystic, Connecticut in 1859 and chartered by the U. S. Navy in 1861, had a more active life. She engaged Confederate batteries throughout much of 1861 and was in the squadron that captured the batteries during the Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, one of the first significant Union victories of the war. She destroyed four schooners, including two British schooners, in 1862 and captured a fifth. She operated around Little River in 1863. In 1864, she captured Captain Kelly of General Hobart's staff and attacked the batteries at Masonboro Inlet. She participated in the attack on Fort Fisher late in 1864 and early in 1865 and took the surrender of Fort Caswell on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, 1865, then participated in the Little River expedition from Feb. 4, 1865 to Feb. 6, 1865, her last significant recorded battles. She was decommissioned in July of 1865 and served as a merchant ship before foundering off Newfoundland on April 29, 1872. Captain David Porter adopted ten-year-old David G. Farragut in 1810, three years before his son, David D. Porter, was born. David D. Porter served under his father in the West Indies and in the Mexican Navy. During the Civil War, he commanded a mortar fleet under Farragut at New Orleans and on the Mississippi (1862). Porter was promoted Rear Admiral in 1863 and Admiral in 1870. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Random ink stains. "1st" in bottom signature is smudged.Folded in half vertically and twice horizontally and unfolded. Worn and torn along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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