STANDING VIEW CDV OF BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW PORTER BY BRADY

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Image shows Porter in left profile posed by a marble top table with his right thumb tucked in his coat. He wears a dark double-breasted coat with black felt collar and cuffs and brigadier general’s shoulder straps with matching dark trousers. Porter holds a pair of gloved in his left hand and on the table in front of him is a pattern 1839 fatigue cap with “US” in a wreath insignia.

Like all Brady images the clarity is excellent. Contrast is just a little bit on the lighter side. Outer edges of the mount have light surface dirt.

Reverse is blank except for “A. PORTER” in pencil.

Andrew Porter was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1820. He was a grandson of Revolutionary War officer Andrew Porter and a second cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, for six months in 1836 and 1837.

Porter served in the Mexican War as a first lieutenant in the 1st Mounted Rifles. Within a year, he was promoted to captain and cited for gallantry, being brevetted two grades to lieutenant colonel. Porter spent the next fourteen years serving at various posts and forts on the frontier. He fought a duel in Texas with future Confederate general James J. Archer, who’s second was Thomas J. Jackson, later "Stonewall" Jackson.

On the outbreak of the Civil War he was serving as a colonel of the 16th U.S. Infantry and was appointed as a brigadier general in May 1861. He commanded the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division at First Battle of Bull Run, served as Provost Marshal of the District of Columbia, and was then appointed as Provost Marshal General of the Army of the Potomac in the Peninsula Campaign. In April 1864 he mustered out for health reasons.

Porter moved to Paris, France, in an attempt to improve his health. However, he died at his home there in 1872, and his remains were returned to the United States for burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  [ad]

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