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THE LATE LIEUTENANT
PRESTON.—[PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRADY.]
THE LATE LIEUTENANT BENJAMIN H. PORTER.—[PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRADY.]
LIEUTENANT S. W. PRESTON.
LIEUTENANT SAMUEL W. PRESTON,
killed in the attack on Fort Fisher, while acting as Flag-Lieutenant of the
fleet of Admiral PORTER,
was a native of Canada, but at an early age removed to Illinois, from which
State he was appointed to the navy in 1858. He served as midshipman and ensign
until August, 1862, when he was promoted Lieutenant. When Admiral
Charleston for the first time with the fleet he was Flag-Lieutenant of the Wabash,
and afterward he commanded the
He also acted on DAHLGREN'S
staff in the attack which was subsequently made on Fort
Sumter. He was taken prisoner here and sent to
Columbia, South Carolina, where he was imprisoned for fourteen months.
Upon his exchange he was assigned to duty in the North Atlantic squadron. He was
a young officer only 23 years old, and he fell leading a company of the Naval
Brigade in the assault on Fort Fisher.
LIEUTENANT B. H. PORTER.
LIEUTENANT B. H.
PORTER, killed in
the assault on Fort Fisher, was born in New York in 1845, and entered the navy
at the age of fourteen. In the
Burnside Expedition he was midshipman in the frigate
Roanoke; and during the battle of Roanoke Island he commanded the launch
of six Dahlgren
howitzers in the advance of the centre. He maintained his position under a
galling fire until most of his men had fallen, when one of his guns exploded and
only one man remained with him, At last this solitary gunner, a young man of
seventeen, fell, and
PORTER remained alone, cleaning, loading, and firing his guns himself
until the day was won. He was promoted November 8, 1862. Afterward he was
captured by the enemy, who kept him a prisoner during the greater part of a
year. He had only been released a short time when he was as-
signed to PORTER'S
squadron. He commanded
the flag-ship Malvern,
but was killed while leading a company in the assault on Fort Fisher.
LOVE AND FATE.
IT was my last
evening of a month I had been spending with my friend Frank Blundell. We had
met, after an interval of some years, in his country home. My friend had married
since I last saw him, and his wife was a stranger to me until this visit. I
found her one of the few wives who practically recommend marriage to their
ADMIRAL PORTERS FLEET CELEBRATING
SURRENDER OF FORT FISHER.