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    Admiral David D. Porter 1863 Letter Signed Regarding Guns with Endorsement Signed by General E.O.C. Ord. Manuscript Letter Signed: "David D Porter" as Acting Rear Admiral, Cmdg Miss Squadron, one page, 8" x 10". U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk, June 22, 1863. To Lt. Col. T.S. Mather, Chief of Artillery, McClernands Hd. Qrs. In full: "You can have 2 long 32 pdr shell guns by sending to this ship, with 250 shells 5 - 10 and 15 seconds." The letter was folded in thirds for filing. On verso of integral leaf, General E.O.C. Ord has penned in the middle third: "Gen Lauman, D. Sir do you want these guns if so please send to the ship & make arrangements to bring them up. - E.O.C. Ord/MG Comdg" Beneath Ord's question, Col. T. S. Mather has written: "Hd Qrs 13th A.C., June 24. Will Admiral Porter please deliver the guns & ammunition to Lt. Ross Ordnance officer of Genl Lauman's command. Your Obt Sevt. T S Mather Col & Chief of Acts." Stained on filing portion bearing Ord and Mather's endorsements with small portion torn off in upper left blank area.

    Major General J. A. McClernand had been Commanding Officer of the 13th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee, until June 19, 1863, three days before Porter's letter, when he was succeeded by Major General E.O.C. Ord. General Jacob G. Lauman commanded the 4th Division of the 16th Army Corps at the siege of Vicksburg.

    David D. Porter commanded the U.S. Mississippi Squadron aboard his flagship, USS Black Hawk, during the 1862-1863 Vicksburg campaigns. On this letter, Porter added "Acting" in his hand before the rank "Rear Admiral." He received his promotion to Rear Admiral just 12 days later on July 4, 1863, the day of the surrender of Vicksburg. Porter was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1866, and to Admiral in 1870. Also included is a signature: "David D Porter/Admiral," 5" x 1.25". With an engraved portrait of Porter and three engravings of Civil War naval commanders. Six items.


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