Naval Academy request for Preble portrait, 1867Item 76631 info
Maine Historical Society
Wartime acquaintances frequently sought one another out after the war -- for a variety of reasons.
Vice Admiral David D. Porter, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, wrote to Shepley seeking his help in obtaining a portrait of Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), a Portland native, who Porter referred to as "Father of the U.S. Navy."
Porter wrote that a portrait of Preble hung at the Preble House in Portland and he hoped Shepley, with whom he was familiar from Civil War service in Louisiana, could help obtain the portrait.