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Admiral David Dixon Porter

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The Coast Survey 1807-1867 - NOAA Central Library

www.lib.noaa.gov/noaainfo/heritage/coastsurveyvol1/BACHE2.html

David Dixon Porter and the Survey of Hell Gate and Buttermilk Channels, ...

went to work for Maury at the Naval Observatory upon Bache's recommendation.

 

Going South: U.S. Navy Officer Resignations & Dismissals ...

www.history.navy.mil/library//online/going_south.htm

Barron, MauryPorter and Magruder were in Washington and each and all were during that ... 

Maury was highly respected as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory.

 

Acting Rear-Admiral David D. Porter,

the Commander of the Mississippi Flotilla,

is the son of the famous Commodore David Porter of the Essex, and was born about the year 1814.

 

In 1829 he entered the navy as a midshipman on board the Constellation, and served six years on that ship and the United States.
In 1835 he passed his examination, and served six years as passed midshipman on the Coast Survey.  

In 1841 he was commissioned a lieutenant, and served with that rank aboard the Congress for four years. After a brief period of service at the Observatory at Washington, he was placed on active duty under Commodore Tattnall in the Gulf of Mexico,
and took a leading part in the naval operations of the Mexican war

 

Published in Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization. Vol. VI.—No. 308.
New York, Saturday, November 22, 1862.

 

Also see: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Category:American_Civil_War_articles


 

Hunley Newsletter

www.hunleystore.com/news_temp.htm

... inventor or in the Union Navy as an underwater explosives expert attached to the staff

of venerated Admiral David Dixon Porter. Editor ... http://www.usni.org ..

 

With interest in Civil War submarines at an all-time peak, Delgado’s discovery highlights not only the role of subs in the Civil War but also the exploits of a forgotten New York inventor—whose invention may have killed him. His submarine was the most technologically advanced craft of its age, even more so than the fabled Hunley, but it had a fatal flaw. Its crew compartment, pressurized to the same intense pressures as the deep to allow divers to freely leave and reenter the sub to disarm enemy mines, lay explosives, or, in its final career, collect pearls from the seabed, did not allow the crew to “decompress” when the sub returned to the surface. 


 

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - August 2009 Vol. 135/8/1,278
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Commandant David Porter, commanding the small, 32-gun frigate Essex, was supposed to sail as part ...David Porter disguised the Essex (right) as a merchant ship to capture the HMS Alert. ...

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - November 2011 Vol. 137/11/1,305
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired)

As a young lieutenant, Oliver Hazard Perry had been impressed with the courage and audacity of fellow-Lieutenant James Lawrence. The latter had joined with Lieutenant David Porter in a raiding party ashore in 1803 to destroy a number of enemy vessels beached 35 miles west of Tripoli and later served ...

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - January 1987 Vol. 113/1/1,007
By Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, U. S. Navy

attention in Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean by Captain David Porter. This chronicle ... ($121.50). Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean by Captain David Porter, in the United States Frigate Essex, in the Years 1812, 1813, 1814 . Capt. David Porter, USN. Introduction by R. D. ...

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - May 2012 Vol. 138/5/1,311
By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy

 

examples of transoceanic U.S. power projection, Captain David Porter took the frigate Essex around Cape ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - June 2012 Volume 26, Number 3
By Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy

 

examples of transoceanic U.S. power projection, Captain David Porter took the frigate Essex around Cape ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - June 2012 Volume 26, Number 3

such as Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, Charles Stewart, William Bainbridge, Oliver Hazard Perry, David Porter, John ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - June 2012 Volume 26, Number 3
By Kevin D. McCranie

 

other American warships also plied the sea. Notably, the frigate Essex , under Captain David Porter ...

Page

Lawrence Kearney, Lt. Com'dt U. S. Navy.   Com. David Porter, Commanding U. S. Naval ... respectfully, Your obedient servant, L. Kearney.   Com. David Porter, Commanding U. S. Naval ... Captain David Porterwas appointed to the command of the squadron, and sailed from Norfolk about the 10th ...

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - December 2011 Vol. 137/12/1,306
By Russell Belden, James Hasik, and James Soon

and swift. When Commodore David Porter confronted West Indies pirates in 1823, his Mosquito Fleet ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - December 2011 Volume 25, Number 6
By Noah Andre Trudeau

of a family with seawater in its blood, along with shame and disgrace. His father, Commodore David Porter,


Magazine Article

Proceedings Magazine - October 2008 Vol. 134/10/1,268
Colonel Gordon W. Keiser, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

 

(1866-1894)," chronicles Rear Admiral David Porter's dramatic and innovative transformation of the Academy ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - December 2009 Volume 23, Number 6
By Craig L. Symonds

the mentorship of heroes from the War of 1812: Buchanan with Oliver Hazard Perry, and Farragut with David Porter ... No. 13 at New Orleans, part of Master Commandant DavidPorter's squadron. Young James ... Farragut was fishing on the lake when he saw David Porter's 84-year-old father, also named David, ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - December 2007 Volume 21, Number 6
By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

post, Commodore David Porter, father of the better-known Civil War Union Admiral David Dixon Porter, ... Ambassador David Porter described the works in Istanbul this way: The American part ... at http://infoweb.newsbank.comDavid Porter's voluminous diplomatic correspondence for the relevant period is held ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - April 2007 Volume 21, Number 2
By Philip MacDougall

carronades. 1 The Essex , under the command of Captain David Porter, had spent the previous year ...David Porter, Journal of a Cruise (Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1815; reprint, Annapolis, MD: ... Despite losing his ship, Captain David Porter received a hero's welcome when he returned ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - August 2011 Volume 25, Number 4
By Alan Rems

Washington. The ship's commander, Commodore David Porter, promised to "use every exertion to prepare ...

Page

have the honor to be, Very respectfully, &c. S. Cassin. Commodore David Porter ... Your Mo. Ob. Ser. Frank Gregory   Lt. Comd. U. S. N. Comd. David Porter Comg. U. S. N. ... Svt. Thos. M. Newell   Comer.David Porter Commander of the U. S. Naval forces West ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - June 2006 Volume 20, Number 3
By Spencer C. Tucker

to the Navy Department and renamed the Mississippi Squadron, command of which was given to David Porter, who ... Banks headed the ground portion of the campaign, while Rear Admiral David Porter commanded the naval ...

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Commodore David Porter, writing to the Secretary of the Navy from Matanzas, under date of March 28, 1823 ... is that of the Polly, of Baltimore, David Porter, master. The schooner touched on a reef at Cat Island, but managed ... had but two wounded, one of whom was Lieutenant David Porter.   The episode just described ...

Magazine Article
Proceedings Magazine - October 1948 Vol. 74/10/548
By Captain G. V. Stewart, U.S. Navy (Retired)

D. Porter, ranking officer of the Navy and son of the redoubtable Captain David Porter of War of 1812 ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - December 2009 Volume 23, Number 6
By Robert M. Browning Jr.

the latter into a heavily fortified bastion. While the Western Flotilla, now under Rear Admiral David Porter's command, and troops led by Major General Ulysses S. Grant moved against Vicksburg, Farragut's ...


Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - October 2003 Vol. 17 Number 5
By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)

September, Lieutenant David Porter reported aboard as the Philadelphia 's new first lieutenant. He ...

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choleric, officer, Commodore David Porter, and furnished him with a number of vessels, some of which were ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - June 2010 Volume 24, Number 3
By Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Naval Reserve

David Porter, Davis' replacement, would later advocate staffing the ram fleet with naval officers ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - April 2009 Volume 23, Number 2
By Eric Mills

David Porter and a young, impetuous Lieutenant David Farragut, respectively. Their friction-fueled ...

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D. Porter, ranking officer of the Navy and son of the redoubtable Captain David Porter of War of 1812 ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - August 2008 Volume 22, Number 4
By Jeremy Black

individual ships farther afield. In the frigate Essex , Captain David Porter had successfully attacked ...

Magazine Article
Naval History Magazine - October 2006 Volume 20, Number 5
By Tom Huntington

it," wrote Admiral David Porter in his history of Civil War naval operations. "The position ...

 

 

 

Comments (1)

Bob-RJ Burkhart said

at 7:37 am on Feb 3, 2013

Introduction

While still less than a hundred years old in 1861, the nation stood on the brink of catastrophic civil war as states in the lower south followed South Carolina in seceding from the Union. These dire times confronted officers of Southern origin in the country's military service with an agonizing decision whether to remain under the "Old Flag" or leave and follow their section. Local, state and family ties ran very deep. Men of the highest principles from young midshipmen at the Naval Academy to the most senior officers who had devoted their lives to the Navy---Raphael Semmes, Josiah Tarnall, Matthew Fontaine Maury, for example, resigned their commissions to cast their lot with the Confederacy.

In this unique and interesting study, Dr. William S. Dudley of the Naval Historical Center has examined in depth how President Lincoln, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, and the Navy Department reacted to and handled the almost 400 Navy and Marine Corps officers who resigned to "Go South." The author has included a comprehensive appendix listing the name of each officer by rank. The Naval Historical Foundation is deeply indebted to Dr. Dudley for making the results of his invaluable research available to the Foundation members.

J.L. HOLLOWAY, III
Admiral, USN (Ret.)

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