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With Three Days’ Rations, we Started Home

John M. Porter

in One of Morgan’s Men

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129891
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129891.003.0016
With Three Days’ Rations, we Started Home

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In February 1865, John M. Porter was exchanged. He and several other prisoners from Johnson's Island were sent to Baltimore and then further on to the James River. Porter was sent to Rockets which housed the Confederate navy yard. After Robert E. Lee's army was able to vacate Richmond and Petersburg, Porter was able to attain firsthand experience of the Confederacy's fall. He took the railroad westward, and he was able to enter General Joseph E. Johnston's lines in North California where the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry was in field. By the time Lee and Johnston had surrendered and President Davis had been seized, Porter learned that General Edmund Kirby Smith had surrendered. After the Civil War, Porter and the Hines brothers started for home.

Keywords: Johnson's Island; Hines brothers; General Edmund Kirby Smith; Confederacy; Civil War; home

Chapter.  3908 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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