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 Fitz John Porter

Fitz John Porter

Birth
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 21 May 1901 (aged 78)
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 54, Lot 5685/89
Memorial ID 3297 · View Source
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Civil War Union Major General. Cousin of Admirals David D. Porter Jr. and David G. Farragut. General Porter was a casualty of the politics that ruled the Army of the Potomac during its first few years. He had commanded the V Corps with brilliance and skill during the Seven Day's Battles, and commanded the Corps at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, where he was unable to carry out impossible orders from his commander, Maj. Gen. John Pope. Although the responsibility of the subsequent rout of the Federal troops at the battle rested squarely on Pope's shoulders, he laid heavy blame on General Porter's actions. Owing largely to Porter's loyalty to ousted AOP commander George B. McClellan, Porter was court-martialed in November 1862. He spent the next 16 years trying clear his name and record, which he finally did in 1878.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fitz John Porter (31 Aug 1822–21 May 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3297, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .