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Admiral David Dixon Porter - The Civil War Years

Hearn, Chester G.

ISBN 10: 1557503532 / ISBN 13: 9781557503534
Published by Naval Institute Press, 1996
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Original red spine/grey boards as new; internally as new without names or bookplates etc. 378 pgs. d.j. as new, new mylar-cover. The firebrand hero of New Orleans, Vicksburg and Fort Fisher, Porter was one of the most distinguished Union admirals to fight in the Civil War, and the most controversial.1996. first edition, first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 0000003818

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Title: Admiral David Dixon Porter - The Civil War ...

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: B&w Photos + Maps

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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Nearly forgotten because his career and accomplishments have often been misinterpreted, David Dixon Porter takes his rightful place among the foremost naval heroes of the Civil War in this richly detailed, entertaining history. Porter rose faster through the ranks, commanded more men and ships, won more victories, and was awarded more congressional votes of thanks than any other officer in the U.S. Navy. His own postwar writings, however, were so flawed by an unquenchable ego, a thin skin, and a burning desire to vindicate his father, David Porter, a controversial naval hero in the War of 1812, that historians have neglected him.
Drawing on the correspondence and journals of Porter's allies and enemies, both military and political, as well as official documents and the admiral's own volume of papers, the noted naval writer Chester Hearn sets the record straight. This account brings to life the firebrand hero of New Orleans, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, and Fort Fisher, whose unique tactics and techniques rank among the most imaginative and successful in naval history. On board Porter's flagship readers can witness daring, brilliant attacks against the punishing batteries at Vicksburg and Fort Fisher and the costly failures at Steele's Bayou and Red River. They can sit in on the critical strategy meetings with Sherman and Grant, and the thrilling chase up and down the coast of South America after Semmes on the CSS Sumter.
A talented fighter and colorful personality with a marvelous sense of humor, Porter earned respect and friendship from the likes of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman, but drew the ire of political generals like Butler, Banks, and McClernand.

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