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Porter, Warren, 1830-1905
Warren Porter (1830-1905)
2 linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains the
papers of Warren Porter of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the papers of Warren Porter of Danvers, Massachusetts. It
includes correspondence, military papers, a diary, photographs, and other papers.
Also present is a display case containing Civil War memorabilia belonging to Warren
Porter. Most of the collection pertains to Warren Porter's time at sea as a young
man or to his service in the United States Navy during the Civil War.
Folder 1 contains correspondence to Warren Porter, many from his brothers or
sister Mary. Folder 2 contains letters written by Warren Porter to his family. Of
particular interest are Porter's reports from 1864 to 1865 when he helped maintain
the blockade of Southern ports.
Folder 3 contains papers removed from a log book of the barque Borneo (Log 2126). The
papers deal primarily with accidents at sea (1858-1868) and are unrelated to the log
book (1852-1853). Folder 4 contains miscellaneous papers and receipts, including an
inventory of the stores and chandlery aboard the barque Cossack in 1864. Folder 5 includes documents regarding Warren Porter's
Civil War pension.
Folder 6 contains correspondence to John Welch Porter, Warren Porter's younger
brother who was a lawyer in Danvers, Mass. Folder 7 contains a letter to Ann Welch
Porter, their mother. Folder 8 contains two photographs of Warren Porter. Folder 9
contains a detailed diary written by Warren Porter from February 1, 1864 to June 16,
1865, while he was serving on the USS Magnolia, the USS
Honduras, or the USS Nita.
Finally, a display case in Box 2 contains Civil War memorabilia belonging to
Warren Porter, including badges, medals, and other insignia. Also present in Box 2
is a leather belt with a military style brass buckle.
Warren Porter was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, on April
19, 1830, the son of Colonel Warren and Ann (Welch) Porter. He was a seaman and
navigator, who voyaged to Calcutta on the ship Asia,
and then to Australia on the Augusta Hurd, and to the
Strait of Malacca and Singapore on the barque Borneo.
He also sailed on the R. B. Forbes and the barque Cossack. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Union
Navy in 1863 and served on the frigates Savannah, Magnolia, Honduras, Mayflower, and Nita. He
captured the blockade runner Matagorda in 1864 and
commanded the USS Nita in 1865. He married Sarah Holt
in 1872; they had no children. Later in life he became a dentist. Warren Porter died
in Danvers on November 18, 1905.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Porter, John Welch, 1835-1903
Porter, Warren, 1830-1905
United States--Army--Military life
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
This collection contains the papers of Warren Porter of Danvers, Massachusetts.
USS Honduras; USS Magnolia; USS Nita; Diaries; Massachusetts--Danvers; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; United States--Army--Military life; Porter, John Welch, 1835-1903; Porter, Warren, 1830-1905; Letters
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.