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Joseph C. Porter
Born September 12, 1809
Jessamine County, Kentucky
Died February 18, 1863(1863-02-18) (aged 53)
Batesville, Arkansas
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
 Missouri
Service/branch Flag of the Missouri State Guard.svg Missouri State Guard
 Confederate States of America Army
Rank Confederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Commands held 1st Northeast Missouri Cavalry
Porter's Brigade
Battles/wars American Civil War

Joseph Chrisman Porter (12 September 1809 – 18 February 1863) was a Confederate officer in the American Civil War, a key leader in the guerrilla campaigns in northern Missouri, and a figure of controversy. The main source for his history, Joseph A. Mudd (see below) is clearly an apologist; his opponents take a less charitable view of him, and his chief adversary, Union Colonel John McNeil, regarded him simply as a bushwacker and traitor, though his service under General John S. Marmaduke in the Springfield campaign ("Marmaduke's First Raid") and following clearly shows he was regarded as a regular officer by the Confederacy.

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