McPherson's "War on the Waters"

And so we begin.

"He [Porter] was ambitious, able, and energetic but also cocky, self-seeking, and careless with the truth." James McPherson, War on the Waters, p.56

"Porter was talented and energetic but he was also self-promoting, boastful, casual with the truth..." Craig L. Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals, p. 19