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Fitz John Porter

Date of Birth:      August 31, 1822
Hometown:         Portsmouth, NH
Education:           West Point, 1845
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Colonel

Date of Death:     May 21, 1901
Place of Death:    Morristown, NJ
Buried At:           Brooklyn, NY

Major Battles:        Patterson's Shenandoah Campaign, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Often called "the most magnificent soldier in the Army of the Potomac," Porter's family were active Navy men - his uncle David Porter was a Commodore.  Commodore Porter's son was David Dixon Porter.  After taking command, of what would become the Army of the Potomac, George B. McClellan, would bring Porter to Washington, DC, to bring order to his troops.  Porter would remain intensely loyal, to McClellan, and would become the target, of John Pope, after the debacle at Second Manassas - being directed by Pope to perform unrealistic movements in the face of the Army of Northern Virginia.  After the battle of Antietam, where his V Corps was held in reserve, Porter would be arrested, tried and cashiered from the army.  Porter would devote much, of his remaining life, to exonerate his name.  A board, headed by US General John M. Schofield, would find him innocent, of wrong doing, and would recommend he be reinstated at his last rank - Major General.  This did not happen, but he did retire as a Colonel in the regular service.

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