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    Admiral David D. Porter Autograph Document Signed, one page, 5.5" x 8", n.p., June 25, 1880. A tribute to President Lincoln, this personal memoir reads as follows: "No one had a better opportunity of knowing President Lincoln and of observing him closely than I had for a short time before the fall of Richmond. He came to City Point unaccompanied by any of his cabinet to witness what he knew was about to take place viz. The downfall of the Confederate stronghold. I shall ever remember with gratification my close intimacy with the President for over two weeks much of which time I passed in his company on board my ship, where he messed with me, or driving him about the country or visiting various points on James River in my barge. I found President Lincoln to be honest and patriotic, without pretense and without guile a man of wonderful memory and conversant with about every incident of our civil war. He was anxious for peace and was willing to extend the most liberal terms to those who had made war upon us. He was a noble character and no member of his cabinet surpassed if he equalled [sic] him in the high qualities his position required him to possess." Penned on a sheet pre-printed with a profile portrait of Lincoln on the front and an engraving of his monument on the verso. This lot includes a superb cabinet card portrait of Admiral Porter, ca. 1880s, which is imprinted in the lower margin by Washington, D.C. photographer C.W. Bell. Both items in very fine condition.
    David Dixon Porter (1813-1891) entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1829 and became one of the Union's most celebrated war heroes. His Mississippi Squadron was largely responsible for bringing down Vicksburg. He also performed well during the Red River Campaign and was instrumental in capturing Fort Fisher, North Carolina on January 15, 1865. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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