Elliot, Thank you for your response. This is why I love this community. I appreciate your response and the effort it took, but I have seen both of those references. The story of the blockade runner is incredible and was the second such seizure by the Fulton in as many weeks. The ORs didn't really give it the attention it deserved but the boy the newspapers sure did. Very interesting stuff. They could make a movie.
As for the photo, when I found it on the LOC website I became suspicious. It didn't look like Admiral Porter. That man was a bit chunky and Admiral Porter was not chunky. So I did some research and suspect the photo is actually missing information. The photo should probably be identified as: picture of Lt. Commander William D. Porter, on the deck of U.S. Steamship Fulton, brother of Adm. David D. Porter. Please tell me if I'm right or wrong. On the top left is David Porter and the top right is William Porter. If I'm correct, now who did we contact at LOC to get the info corrected?
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Dear Mr. Webster,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records Concerning the Service of Ships, 1/1846 - 8/1905, Indexes to Ships and Stations, 1798 - 12/31/1907, Navy Contracts, 5/1795 - 10/1893, and General Registers of Bonds, Contracts, and Leases, 11/1817 - 11/1894 in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (Record Group 217); Letters and Telegrams Sent to Inspectors, 1852 - 1883 in the Records of the Bureau of Ordnance (Record Group 74); and Charters, Bills of Lading, Claims Papers, Plans, and Correspondence Relating to Vessels, 1834 - 1900 and Letters Received Relating to Vessels, 1862 - 1864 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may include records pertaining to the Steamship Fulton and the Schooner J.W. Allen. We also located 22 series in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 393) that relate to the Union Army units stationed at Morris Island where the Parrot canon was delivered and may include information about the ships. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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