To the Senate

To the Senate of the United States: December 8, 1863

Congress, on my recommendation, passed a Resolution, approved 7th. February 1863, tendering its thanks to Commander D. D. Porter “for the bravery and skill displayed in the attack on the Post of Arkansas on the 10th. January 1863,” and in consideration of those services, together with his efficient labors and vigilance subsequently displayed in thwarting the efforts of the rebels to obstruct the Mississippi and its tributaries, and the important part rendered by the Squadron under his command, which led to the surrender of Vicksburg.

I do therefore, in conformity to the 7th. Section, of the Act approved 16th. July 1862, nominate Commander D. D. Porter, to be a Rear Admiral in the Navy, on the Active List, from the 4th. July 1863, to fill an existing vacancy.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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