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Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Luke Porter

(19 Sept. 1813 – 14 Dec. 1893)

 
 
John Luke Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
1. John Luke Porter Marker
Inscription.  John Luke Porter, first president of the Portsmouth common council, was born just two blocks south of here. An accomplished naval constructor, commissioned first by the United States and later by the Confederacy, Porter supervised, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, the conversion of the frigate Merrimac to the ironclad CSS Virginia. On 8 March 1862, the Virginia rammed and sank USS Cumberland and destroyed USS Congress at Newport News. The next day Virginia fought a historic but inconclusive battle with USS Monitor in nearby Hampton Roads, in the world’s first naval combat between ironclads. Porter later became chief naval constructor for the Confederacy, designing 21 ironclads. He died in Portsmouth.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q8-s.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1862.
 
Location. 36° 50.124′ N, 76° 17.833′ 
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W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. It is in Olde Towne. Marker is on High Street west of Water Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home Site of William Crawford (d. 1762) Founder of Portsmouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Shipyard Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Seaboard Air Line Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War at Portsmouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornwallis' Embarkation (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. William Craford (within shouting distance of this marker); The Elizabeth River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crawford House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
John Luke Porter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
2. John Luke Porter Marker
The Home Site of William Crawford marker is on the median in the same block.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,020 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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