GENERAL FITZ-JOHN PORTER.
ON page 449 we publish a portrait
Fitz-John Porter, commanding a corps in the army of the Potomac, from
a photograph by M'Clees, of Philadelphia.
General Porter was born in New
Hampshire about the year 1824, and is consequently about thirty-eight years of
age. He graduated at West Point in the 4th artillery on 1st July, 1845, and
obtained promotion to a first-lieutenancy in May, 1847. He accompanied
General Scott to Mexico, and for gallant and
meritorious conduct at Molino del Rey was brevetted Captain. At Chapultepec he
again distinguished himself, and obtained the brevet rank of Major. At the fight
at the Belen Gate he was severely wounded. On the return of the army to the
United States he was appointed Assistant-Instructor of Artillery at West Point,
which office he filled, we believe, until the out-break of the rebellion.
On the increase of the army, in
May, 1861, Fitz-John Porter was appointed Colonel of the new 15th infantry, and,
three days afterward, Brigadier-General of Volunteers. His command was in the
Army of the Potomac. He rendered useful aid to
General McClellan in reorganizing the army
battle of Bull Run, and was soon placed in
command of a division. He accompanied the army to
Yorktown, and was there placed in command of
the siege-works. After the evacuation of the place he was for a while Governor
of Yorktown, but soon resumed his place in the advancing army. On 25th June he
commanded the extreme right of our army, and bore the brunt of the terrible
battles of 26th and 27th. No better or braver soldier lives than Fitz-John
BRIG.-GEN. GEORGE A. McCALL.
GEORGE ARCHIBALD McCALL,
whose portrait we give on page 449, is said to be wounded and a prisoner in the
hands of the rebels. He was born in Pennsylvania about the year 1801, and is
consequently over 60 years of age. He graduated at West Point, in the infantry,
in 1822, and served many years in his regiment and likewise in the subsistence
department. In the Florida war he won fame and his company under General Worth.
At the outbreak of the Mexican war he served under General Taylor, and was
brevetted Major for gallant conduct at Palo Alto, and Lieutenant-Colonel for the
same at Resaca de la Palma. In December, 1847, he was promoted to a Majority,
and in June, 1850, he became Inspector-General of the army with the rank of
Colonel. On the outbreak of the rebellion he was appointed Brigadier-General of
Volunteers, and served with Patterson in his inglorious campaign on the Upper
Potomac. He was subsequently transferred to the army of the Potomac, where he
obtained command of a division.
At the terrible battle of
the Chickahominy on the 26th ult., General
M'Call's division bore the brunt of the first day's fighting and behaved like
heroes. Their commander is known to have been wounded, and, as his horse has
been found riderless, it is supposed that the gallant General fell into the
hands of the enemy. We can not afford to spare so good a man.
THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION.
WE publish on
a couple of pictures from North Carolina, from sketches by our special artist,
Mr. A. Wiser. One of them represents THE RECEPTION OF GOVERNOR STANLY, OF NORTH
CAROLINA, AT WASHINGTON in that State. The Governor made a handsome address to
the people, and was exceedingly well received.
The other picture represents the
PRESENTATION OF A SWORD TO GENERAL BURNSIDE BY THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. We
condense the following account of the affair from the Herald correspondence:
The ground selected for the
presentation and grand review of this portion of the corps d'armee was situated
about half a mile from the railroad bridge. It is level, rather high, and large
enough to permit the free movements of, as I before said, upward of fifty
thousand men. For some time before the arrival of the first regiment the people
began to gather. Five was the hour; but at five there were few of the regiments
on the spot. Shortly after, however, a sight was presented to all the lookers-on
that can never be effaced from their memories. From one corner of this large
field, leading from the bridge, came long lines of artillery and cavalry, while
from every side came pouring in, to the strains of joyous music, regiment after
regiment, who, after marching into the space, took up their positions and
awaited further orders.
The appearance of the General was
signaled by a salute of fifteen guns, fired by Captain Belger's Rhode Island
battery. He, with his staff, almost immediately proceeded to the centre of the
field, where a sort of platform was erected on one of the caissons. The army was
drawn up, forming a hollow square, or rather squares within squares, in the
centre of which were the staff officers of the different generals, who were also
present. On the platform there were but four persons—General Burnside and
Commodore Rowan to represent us, and General Maurau and aid on the part of Rhode
Island. After the usual military salute, given along with the muttered thunder
of the arms, General Maurau approached
General Burnside, bearing in his hands the
He made a handsome speech to
General Burnside, in reply to which the latter said:
In behalf of this gallant little
army which surrounds you, I beg through you to thank the State of Rhode Island
for this gift, given in appreciation of our services at the "Battle of Roanoke."
Your excellent Governor has most fittingly said that the services of this army
have been in this manner remembered through its commander. Without the skill,
courage, patience, and fortitude of the general officers, field and staff
officers, company officers, noncommissioned officers, and privates of this corps
d'armee, together with the full and hearty co-operation of our gallant navy in
these waters, the State of Rhode Island would have been deprived the pleasure of
giving, and I debarred the proud satisfaction of receiving, this elegant sword.
The ceremony took up but a short
time, and at its conclusion a cheer was raised by the men that rivaled in force
the salvos of artillery that heralded the approach of the much beloved commander
of our forces. Not content with giving vent to their feelings once, it was
repeated and repeated, the woods throwing back the echo, until one would almost
fancy a whole State had raised up its voice—and may be it will soon—and that,
too, for the good old Union.
The General buckled on the sword,
and, standing on the same place, remained there until the whole army had passed in review.