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The Daily Dispatch: May 6, 1864., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), 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.
orts were to be hauled to the army. The only appearance of the enemy during the voyage was on the 4th inst, when a man rode out to the bank and deliberately shot acting Lieutenant Couthony, Commander of the Chilicothe, and a good officer all on the transports were in the best of spirits. Firing had been heard, and reports were current that our army was victorious, and hopes were entertained of arriving at Shreveport at the appointed time, but immediately on arrival at Foggy Bayon, Admiral Porter received a message from Gen Backs announcing his defeat and retreat. Of course the flotilla had to follow suit. "What could we do but come back?" says an officer attached to one of the gunboats. The water was falling; we had 25 transports to protect, which the rebel army might destroy, beside inflicting other injury on us. We came back and literary fought our way through. The rebel army attacked us at every point, and we have fought them for the last three days steadily. Yes