The Civil War, Day by Day

Admiral Porter

Admiral Porter at Vicksburg

As a naval commander in the Civil War, he distinguished himself at Arkansas Post, Vicksburg and in the Red River Campaign. Promoted to rear admiral, he hastened the capture of the Confederacy’s giant Fort Fisher with the largest naval bombardment of the war.

On the moonless night of April 16, eleven of Porter's boats drifted silently down toward Vicksburg. Confederate lookouts spotted them and set bonfires on the shore to give light for their artillerists. The fleets poured on steam and rushed downriver amid a cacophony of big guns and exploding shells. Nearly all of the boats got through. They rendezvoused with the troops on the west bank to ferry them across.

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