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Porter, David Dixon (1813-1891) General Order

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03810 Author/Creator: Porter, David Dixon (1813-1891) Place Written: Aboard the USS Black Hawk at Mound City, Illinois Type: Document Date: 28 September 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24.8 x 19.6 cm.

Printed general order from Rear Admiral Porter as Commander of the Mississippi Squadron. Porter was taking the leave of his officers and men as he assumed command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Praises their actions and says their efforts have been fruitful. Says that "Our commerce is now successfully, if not quietly, transported on the broad Mississippi, from one end to the other, and the same may almost be said with regard to its tributaries. These results are owing to the indomitable spirit evinced by the officers and men of the Mississippi Squadron." Stresses that they need to remain disciplined and vigilant.

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