ben-porter-swordKihm Winship writes a blog about the history  of the people of Skaneateles, a lakeside village in mid-New York not all that far from Syracuse. In a recent entry, he told the story of Ben Porter, who was Will Cushing‘s friend at Annapolis. He also served with Will, fighting and dying at the battle of Fort Fisher. Kihm’s excellent entry reminded me that young Porter was very brave, standing out at the battles of Roanoke, a 1863 assault on Fort Sumter, and at Fort Fisher. It was his terrible fate to be captured at Sumter and to spend 14 months as a POW, only to be released in October 1864 just in time to fight and die at Fort Fisher. Very sad indeed.

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