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    Union Cartes-de-Visite: Robert Brown Potter, Andrew Porter, Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, William D. Porter, Fitz John Porter, David Dixon Porter, John Pope. Seven (7) cartes including Robert Brown Potter (1829-1887) by J. Gurney & Son, New York; Andrew Porter (1820-1872) by Brady's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss (1819-1901); William D. Porter (1809-1864); Fitz John Porter (1822-1901); David Dixon Porter (1813-1891); and John Pope (1822-1892). The cartes of Prentiss, William D. Porter, Fitz John Porter, David Dixon Porter, and Pope are by Anthony, New York, with the three Porters and Pope cartes from negatives from Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Potter was wounded at New Berne and Petersburg and fought many battles, including Antietam, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and the Crater. Andrew Porter, a first cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln's mother, served in the Mexican War and fourteen years at frontier posts in Texas and the Southwest, undermining his health. He fought at First Bull Run, but occupied himself primarily as a Provost Marshal and recruiter of troops. Prentiss was Colonel of the 10th Illinois Infantry. His troops defended the "Hornet's Nest" at Shiloh before being forced to surrender. He subsequently served on the court-martial panel of Fitz John Porter. "Dirty Billy" Porter had two sons who served in the Confederacy. Many of his family served in the military. He attained the rank of Commodore and patrolled the Tennessee River, participating in the attacks on Forts Henry & Donelson, Natchez, Vicksburg and Port Hudson. Fitz John Porter was an admirer of McClellan. When McClellan's successor, John Pope, was soundly defeated at Second Bull Run, Porter publicly denounced him, resulting in a court-martial and conviction for Porter. He was cashiered from the army on January 21, 1863 and was not able to clear his name until 1878. Admiral David Porter had a distinguished record, commanding the Mississippi Squadron and the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Red River, Fort Fisher and Wilmington. Immediately after the war, he was made Superintendent of the U. S. Naval Academy. Pope was related by marriage to Mary Todd Lincoln. He won victories at New Madrid and Island No. 10 before Robert E. Lee defeated him at Second Bull Run. After the brouhaha that ensued, he was sent west to fight the Indians.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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