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ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 08/17/1863 - HFSID 174656

ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER Signed manuscript letter (1863) granting leave to a sailor but cutting its length from 10 to 7 days Manuscript LS: "David D. Porter" as Rear Admiral, Comg Miss. Squadron, 1 page, 8x10. U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk, 1863 August 17.

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ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER
Signed manuscript letter (1863) granting leave to a sailor but cutting its length from 10 to 7 days
Manuscript LS: "David D. Porter" as Rear Admiral, Comg Miss. Squadron, 1 page, 8x10. U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk, 1863 August 17. To Actg Master's Mate J.W. Meacham, U.S.S. Black Hawk. In full: "You are hereby granted a leave of absence for Ten Seven (7) days at the end of which time you will report yourself to me for duty." DAVID D. PORTER had been newly commissioned Rear Admiral by Congress (July 4, 1863) when he came to New Orleans aboard his flagship, Black Hawk, just sixteen days before this document. Accompanied by the gun-boat Tuscumbia, he was charged with keeping the lower Mississippi River open so that Union transports and supplies could flow freely from guerilla harassment. In this position, he created a navy yard at Mound City and increased his squadron, which consisted of 125 vessels. He was responsible for more than three thousand miles of waterways at this time and managed them by dividing them into eight districts and appointing a commander to manage each one. Prior to the summer of 1863, Porter had been successful in helping in the siege of Vicksburg. He was the son of Admiral David Porter and brother of Admiral David Farragut (who was adopted by Porter's father), under whom he had served earlier in the war. After the war, Porter became Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis (1865-1869). Browned at folds on verso. Very slight nicks at edge of each fold, else fine condition.

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