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Moses Porter (1756-1822) Papers

Moses Porter (1756-1822) Papers

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MOSES PORTER (1756-1822) PAPERS, 1767-1827





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Porter, Moses, 1755-1822
Title:Moses Porter (1756-1822) Papers
Dates:1767/1827
Quantity:5.5 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains papers of Moses Porter, a career army officer during the American Revolution and War of 1812.
Collection Number:MSS 490

Series List


SERIES I. Military Papers
SERIES II. Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers of Moses Porter, a career army officer during the American Revolution and War of 1812. The papers include military correspondence and financial records and also personal papers and financial records. The collection has been organized in two series.


SERIES I. Military Papers contains military correspondence, reports, orders, and financial papers. There is extensive correspondence from Greenville, Ohio (1794-1796), Fort Niagara, New York (1802), and Natchitoches, Louisiana (1806). The financial records include extensive accounts, receipts, inventories, requisitions, contracts, and pay accounts documenting the needs of soldiers at frontier posts. Other papers include military orders, invitations, and also lists of personnel, provisions, and public property in Moses Porter's possession.


SERIES II. Personal Papers contains the personal correspondence, estate papers, and financial records of Moses Porter. The estate papers include correspondence, accounts, inventories, probate documents, memoranda, and other papers pertaining to Porter's death in 1822. Miscellaneous papers include memoranda, inventories, recipes, and invitations. The financial records include lists of stocks and investments managed by Porter's attorney, Andrew Sigourney. Also present are receipts, bills, and accounts concerning Porter's personal life. Finally, there are three documents pertaining to Captain Benjamin Porter, including a letter from Benjamin to his son Moses.


Biographical Sketch

Moses Porter was born on March 20, 1756, in Danvers, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Rea) Porter. He enlisted in the artillery at Bunker Hill and continued to serve in the regular army throughout his life. He was stationed at various posts throughout the United States including Fort Detroit, Fort Mackinac, Fort Niagara, and New Orleans. During the War of 1812 he was sent again to Fort Niagara with the rank of brevetted brigadier general and was later placed in command at Fort Norfolk, Virginia. Moses Porter died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 14, 1822.


Index Terms

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, Benjamin, 1726-1810
Porter, Moses, 1755-1822
Letter writing
Letters
Military administration
Military history
Danvers (Mass.)--History, Military
Fort Niagara (N.Y.)
Greenville (Ohio)
Natchitoches (La.)
United States. Continental Army
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--History--War of 1812

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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.

Preferred Citation

Moses Porter (1756-1822) Papers, MSS 490, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, July 2016.


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