THE NAVAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR. Written by Admiral David D. Illustrated from original sketches by Rear-Admiral Walke and others. Published by The Sherman Publishing Company, New York. David Dixon Porter (June 8, 1813 - February 13, 1891) was a United States Navy admiral and a member of one of the most distinguished families in the history of the U.Promoted as the second U. Navy officer ever to attain the rank of admiral, after his adoptive brother David G.
Farragut, Porter helped improve the Navy as the Superintendent of the U. Naval Academy after significant service in the American Civil War. Porter began naval service as a midshipman at the age of 10 years under his father, Commodore David Porter, on the frigate USS John Adams. For the remainder of his life, he was associated with the sea. Porter served in the Mexican War in the attack on the fort at the City of Vera Cruz.At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was part of a plan to hold Fort Pickens, near Pensacola, Florida, for the Union; its execution disrupted the effort to relieve the garrison at Fort Sumter, leading to Sumter's fall. Porter commanded an independent flotilla of mortar boats at the capture of New Orleans. Later, he was advanced to the rank of (acting) rear admiral in command of the Mississippi River Squadron, which cooperated with the army under Major General Ulysses S. Grant in the Vicksburg Campaign. After the fall of Vicksburg, he led the naval forces in the difficult Red River Campaign in Louisiana.
Late in 1864, Porter was transferred from the interior to the Atlantic coast, where he led the U. Navy in the joint assaults on Fort Fisher, the final significant naval action of the war. Porter worked to raise the standards of the U. Navy in the position of Superintendent of the Naval Academy when it was restored to Annapolis. He initiated reforms in the curriculum to increase professionalism.In the early days of President Grant's administration, Porter was de facto Secretary of the Navy. When his adoptive brother David G. Farragut was advanced from rank of vice-admiral to admiral, Porter took his previous position; likewise, when Farragut died, Porter became the second man to hold the newly created rank of admiral.
He gathered a corps of like-minded officers devoted to naval reform. 11 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches.First edition full leather hardcover. This book is in very good condition with some restoration. This book has been rebound and recased into its original cover with new leather spine with the old spine and its labels laid back on. The outer corners have been repaired with old leather.
The original endpapers were retained with new cloth hinges. Some of the page edges at the front of the book and end of the book were tattered and have had some restoration or reinforcement at the edges. All work was done conservatively with no use of acidic papers or tape.
There is a faint watermark or tideline in the lower edge of the first pages. The stain is most evident on the steel plate engraving frontispiece of Porter. Most of the water damage is evident in the slight rippling of some of the bottom page edges. The paper itself is a little better than average for this issue as far as acid toning (mild), foxing and smudges.All pages, illustrations, plates, advertisements, endpapers, etc. Are present with the book. ALL ITEMS ARE CAREFULLY AND SECURELY PACKED TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE DANGER OF CRUSHING AND OR WATER/MOISTURE DAMAGE. I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE ALL OF THE BOOKS, AUTOGRAPHS AND SIGNATURES ON BOOKS I SELL. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "tstivers" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.