David D. Porter
Document Signed



War-date 8" x 10" partly-printed Document Signed (DS) order on printed U.S. Mississippi Squadron letterhead for Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer Reuben Yocum to report for duty on June 1, 1863 aboard the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb. Porter's rank of Acting Rear Admiral would be made permanent a little over a month from the date of the document, after the successful attack on Vicksburg.

Yocum was to report to Lt. Cmdr. John G. Walker, who signed his name, rank, and date at the bottom of the document. For the highlights of Walker's career, see the biography below.

Conservation framed with a photo of Porter.

John G. Walker (1835-1907) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1856. During the Civil War he served on the Atlantic coast blockade in the steamer Connecticut in 1861, and was transferred to the steamer Winona of the Western Gulf blockading squadron in 1862. In this vessel he participated in the engagements that ended in the capture of New Orleans, with the subsequent operations against Vicksburg in 1862. After promotion to Lt. Cmdr., he had command of the a river ironclad in the Mississippi squadron (1862-1863), in which he participated in the attacks on Vicksburg in cooperation with General William T. Sherman and the army. Walker commanded the steamer Saco on the North Atlantic blockade in 1864, and the Shawmut (1865), in which he participated in the capture of forts near Wilmington. After the war, he served as assistant superintendent of the Naval Academy (1866-1869), and commanded the frigate Sabine on a special European cruise in 1869-1870. He served as secretary to the Lighthouse Board from 1873 to 1878, during which time he was promoted to captain (1877). Walker was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail (1881-1889), after which he went to sea commanding the White Squadron (1889). Appointed rear admiral five years later, he took the squadron to Hawaii in 1895 when a coup d'état posed a threat to American interests. Upon his return to shore duty in 1896, Walker headed the Lighthouse Board and concurrently chaired the committee investigating locations for deep water harbors in southern California. Soon after retiring as a full admiral in 1897, Walker was chosen to serve as President of the Nicaraguan Canal Commission. Two years later, in 1899, he was appointed President of the Isthmian Canal Commission to look into possible routes for a canal across the Central American isthmus. He died in Ogunquit, Maine.


David D. Porter

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Document Signed (DS)

Framed Dimensions:

18 1/2" w x 15 3/4" h




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