[SHERMAN, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)]. PORTER, David Dixon (1813-1891). Letter signed ("David D. Porter") to General Sherman. U.S.S. Cincinnati, 22 March 1863.

2 pages, 4to, on U.S. Mississippi Squadron letterhead, soiling along old folds, mild toning.

Porter writes from aboard the U.S.S. Cincinnati to General Sherman: “I am waiting anxiously for you with a strong force that will sweep the rebels out—our guns are below the bank, and we cannot touch them. We want shifting artillery -- a small force well handled could keep a large body of them in check, and at this moment we could cut them off without trouble. We are jammed in this creek with obstructions; the worst of all, our own coal barge, which may make it necessary to go on. Rolling Fork Junction should be taken at all hazards, to prevent their getting further supplies of troops. This has been a most unpleasant termination to what bid fair to be a splendid thing—one stump spoilt it all, or we would have been able to get through. Please permit no more coal barges to enter Black Bayou. If one should get sunk there, it would end us, for a time.” Very legible and blunt communication to Sherman. Written in the midst of Steele's Bayou expedition, a joint operation of Grant's Army of the Tennessee and Porter's Mississippi River Squadron, as part of the greater Vicksburg Campaign. 

The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection Lots 79-98; 116; 138-153; and 266

Cowan's is pleased to offer the third installment of Richard B. Cohen's collection of Civil War Brown Water Navy photography. Richard was known to many in the field as a "disciplined collector who maintained a relatively narrow focus having built an important, perhaps unsurpassed collection in his area of specialization." From cartes de visite to large format photographs, this portion of the collection features a noteworthy selection of images of Brown Water Navy warships, among them, the USS BentonChoctawLafayette, and Louisville. Many important identified naval officers are also represented, including an exquisite CDV of the promising young officer, Lieutenant Commander William Gwin, who died of wounds aboard the USS Benton following an artillery duel with Confederate forces at Snyder's Bluff, and an exceptionally large war-date photograph of the controversial commander of the USS Pittsburgh, Egbert Thompson.

This auction also features a premiere selection of autographs and manuscripts from Richard's carefully curated collection. Highlights include a letter from Jefferson Davis to his distant cousin, John J. Pettus, Governor of Mississippi, dated a year before secession, conveying intricate plans for securing armaments in preparation for the war; an Abraham Lincoln signed endorsement; a letter from Admiral D.G. Farragut from New Orleans, offering excellent insight into his "political" thinking as well as his dedication to his work; correspondence from Gideon Welles, David Dixon Porter, U.S. Grant, and W.T. Sherman; and a pair of superb letters with highly descriptive accounts of the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac.

Provenance:The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection

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