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Porter, William David 1809- 1864 (search)
Porter, William David 1809-1864 Naval officer; born in New Orleans, La., March 10, 1809; a son of David Porter; entered the navy in 1823. In the sloop-of-war St. Mary, on the Pacific Station, when the Civil War broke out, he was wrongly suspected of disloyalty. He was ordered to duty on the Mississippi River, in fitting out a gunboat fleet, and was put in command of the Essex, which took part in the attacks on Forts Henry and Donelson, when he was severely scalded. He fought his way past all the batteries between Cairo and New Orleans, taking part in the attack on Vicksburg. He caused the destruction of the Confederate ram Arkansas, near Baton Rouge, and assisted in the attack on Port Hudson. For these services he was made commodore in July, 1862. His feeble health prevented his doing much afterwards. He died in New York City, May 1, 1864.
Commodore William David Porter, United States Navy, died Tuesday, at St. Luke's Hospital, in New York, after a painful and lingering illness of four months duration. About three week age he became an inmate of this hospital. Henry Ward Beecher has bought a $330 pair of Morgan horses at South Royalton, Vt.
The Daily Dispatch: May 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Confederate notes (search)