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Obituary of John H. W. Porter, Portsmouth, Virginia.

After a lingering illness, John H. W. Porter, Confederate veteran, attorney, newspaper publisher, and historian, died at his home, in Portsmouth, Va., on May 20, 1916, at the age of seventy-four years. In his death the city loses one of its most valued residents. He had been a builder as well as a chronicler of events; he was active in municipal work, and in his writings he left many valuable records of the great War between the States. He was Adjutant of Stonewall Camp, Confederate Veterans, for a long time, and was also a consistent member of the Monumental M. E. Church.

Mr. Porter was the scion of a distinguished Norfolk County family. His father was a famous naval contructor and the first designer of a steam-propelled, ironcald fighting vessel. John H. W. Porter received his education at the Portsmouth schools and the University of Virginia. He was at college when the war began and as a member of the student body assisted in the taking of Harper's Ferry in 1861. He then returned to Portsmouth and enlisted in the Confederate army with the "Old Dominion Guard" at the age of nineteen. Subsequently he was transferred to the Signal Corps and later to the infantry, receiving promotion to a lieutenancy. After the war he studied law and was admitted to practice in 1866. He was elected City Attorney in 1872 and served for seven years. He then went into the newspaper business and conducted the Portsmouth Daily Enterprise until 1889, when he resumed his legal practice. In 1883 he was elected to the Virginia Legislature and served two successive terms. Mr. Porter married, in 1869, the daughter of Owen D. Ball, of Baltimore, and is survived by his wife and son.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1916.

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Ball in documents.

Name State URL
Charles P. Ball Alabama Colonel Charles P. Ball's Report on Actions of Eighth Alabama Cavalry, Lafayette, Georgia.
Edward Ball Georgia Organization of Confederate Forces During Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 1863.
Caroline Ball South Carolina Obituary of Thomas Leonel Bulow, Ridgeway, South Carolina.
C. H. Ball Virginia Medical Reports on Virginia Confederate Soldiers.
Summerfield Ball Virginia List of prisoners of state held in Washington, D.C., November 23, 1861


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Porter in documents.

Name State URL
J. D. Porter Confederate States Col. Preston Smith's Report on Actions Of 154th Tennessee Senior Infantry At Shiloh.
J. D. Porter Confederate States Report Of Col. William H. Stephens On 6th Tennessee Infantry At Shiloh, Tennessee.
Lavinia C. Porter Georgia Obituary of R. P. Talley, Temple, Texas.
G. W. D. Porter Tennessee Obituary of G. W. D. Porter, Died Huntsville, Alabama.
George C. Porter Tennessee Report Of Col. William H. Stephens On 6th Tennessee Infantry At Shiloh, Tennessee.
James D. Porter Tennessee Deaths of Confederate Veterans Reported at Paris, Tennessee.
G. H. Porter Texas Obituary of T. J. Goodwin, Aspermont, Texas
Lavinia C. Porter Texas Obituary of R. P. Talley, Temple, Texas.
B. C. Porter Virginia Medical Reports on Virginia Confederate Soldiers.

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