Note signed with rank
(1813-91) He sailed with his father, Commodore David Porter, to the West Indies to suppress piracy in 1824, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. He served in the Gulf during the Mexican War. On April 22, 1861, he was named commander, and with his mortar fleet joined his foster brother, Admiral David G. Farragut, in March 1862 for the capture of New Orleans. He took command of the Mississippi River Squadron in September 1862 with rank of Acting Rear Admiral, and in cooperation with General William T. Sherman captured Arkansas Post in January 1863. He was present during the Vicksburg surrender and served in General N.P. Banks's Red River campaign of 1864. Sent east, he commanded the North Atlantic Squadron and fought at Fort Fisher, N.C., for which he received his fourth Thanks of Congress. Promoted Vice Admiral in 1866, he was superintendent of the Naval Academy and appointed Admiral of the Navy in 1870. He was the brother of Commodore William D. "Dirty Bill" Porter and the cousin of General Fitz John Porter.
Note Signed with rank: 5 3/8 x 2 3/4, in ink. Mr. Sumner, Please send me a bottle of Perry's improved ___. "D.D. Porter," Admiral. Only the signature is in the hand of Admiral Porter. Boldly signed. Light age toning, fold wear, and some other scattered wear. Desirable Civil War naval officer.