Horace Porter
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1837
Date of Death: 1921
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier, Businessman, Diplomat, Secretary, Author of Non-Fiction
Parents: David R. Porter,
Josephine McDermott
Spouse: Sophie McHarg (d. 1903)
Children: Four
Military Branch: Union
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: Union Army (Second American Revolution)

Horace Porter (April 15, 1837 – May 29, 1921) was an American soldier and diplomat who served as a lieutenant colonel, ordnance officer and staff officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, personal secretary to General and President Ulysses S. Grant and to General William Sherman, vice president of the Pullman Palace Car Company and U.S. Ambassador to France from 1897 to 1905. In 1866, he was appointed to the brevet grade of brigadier general, United States Army.

Horace Porter in The Guns of the South[]

Lieutenant Colonel Horace Porter accompanied General Grant to Louisville in 1865 to oversee the plebiscite on Kentucky's secession. While at dinner with their Confederate counterparts Robert E. Lee and Charles Marshall, Porter remarked that fears of smuggling rifles across state lines were futile, as there were already plenty of rifles in the state. The next day, Porter was one of those who rushed to the scene of an attempt on Lee's life.[1]

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  1. The Guns of the South, p. 298-300.