On this day in the Civil War, Union General Fitz John Porter is court marshalled and cashiered from the Federal Army. This action is due to Porter’s alleged failure to follow orders at the Battle of Second Manassas.

In 1878 Porter was exonerated from this charge by a special commission. In 1886, he was reinstated to the army.

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Fitz John Porter

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress) 

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