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General Horace Porter (1837-1921)
Photo by: Mathew Brady
U.S. National Archives

Horace Porter was born April 15, 1837 in Huntington, PA (United States of America), the son of David Rittenhouse Porter (1788-1867), a two time governor of the State of Pennsylvania.    President Abraham Lincoln was the granduncle-in-law of David R. Porter.   Horace Porter's grandfather distinguished himself as a  U. S. Revolutionary War general (1776).

Horace Porter served as a Captain in the Union Army, and as an aide-de-camp to General Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War (1864-65).  Porter accompanied Grant into battle at Cold Harbor, the Wilderness, and the Petersburg campaign.    Throughout the war, Porter kept extensive notes of the campaigns, and he was present at General Lee's surrender at McLean's house on April 9, 1865.   Later, his first-hand accounts and analyses were published as "Campaigning with Grant" by General Horace Porter.

Porter's military career led him to the rank of General, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor in the name of the President of the United States of America on July 8, 1902.   Citation: "While acting as a volunteer aide, at a critical moment when the lines were broken, rallied enough fugitives to hold the ground under heavy fire long enough to effect the escape of wagon trains and batteries."

From 1897 to 1905 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to France.     General Porter died May 25, 1921 and he is buried at the Old First Methodist Churchyard in West Long Branch, NJ - United States of America.

Horace Porter's daughter, Elsie Porter, married Dr. Edwin Mende and moved to Switzerland.   The Mende-Porter couple had several children.  Their daughter,  Erna,  married Pierre Musy, the son of  Dr. Jean-Marie Musy,  ex-President of Switzerland.

General Horace Porter
West Long Branch, NJ
Photo courtesy of  Russ Dodge

The Battle of Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)
General Lee surrendered to General U. Grant
Horace Porter - from right to left fourth standing

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