|The “Blackhawk,” Porter's famous Mississippi flagship photographed off Memphis, June, 1864 This wooden vessel, formerly a powerful river steamer, was armed and added to the Mississippi squadron soon after Porter took command. She was the admiral's flagship on the first expedition up the Yazoo. As the Stars and Stripes were run up on the court-house at Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, the “Blackhawk,” bearing Admiral Porter and his staff, swept proudly up to the levee and received on board General Grant, with many of his officers. They “were received with that warmth of feeling and hospitality that delights the heart of a sailor.” Outwardly unmoved, Grant received the congratulations of the officers of the navy upon the greatest victory of the war so far — a victory which the river squadron had helped so materially to win. Again the “Blackhawk” steamed away on active service as Porter's flagship to lead the futile Red River expedition.|
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