Obituary. COL. PETER A. PORTER. The death of Col. PETER A. PORTER, of the Eighth New-York Volunteer Heavy Artillery, is an- nounced in dispatches from the Army of the Po- tomac. Col. PORTER was a resident of Niagara County in this State, and we believe a lawyer by profession, in the prime of life, talented and wealthy, he goes to swell the long list of public men of this State who have offered their lives to their country, and have been sacrificed to the demon of war. Col. PORTER came prominent- ly before the public in the early part of 1862 as a Member of Assembly from his district. In the Assembly Chamber he was distinguished for the urbanity of his manners, by his power as a speaker and readiness in debate. During the summer of 1862 he was instrumental in raising a regiment of heavy artillery, since known as the Eighth, and re- ceived from Gov. MORGAN a commission as its Colo- nel. The regiment left for the seat of war in the Fall of that year, and was for a long time thereafter stationed at Baltimore. In September, 1863, Col. PETER A. PORTER was unanimously nominated by the Union State Conven- tion as their candidate for the office of Secretary of State. He was at that time at Baltimore, in com- mand of his regiment, and being notified by letter of his nomination, he promptly answered it, declining the high honor conferred upon him. His letter of de- clination to the Chairman of the Central Committee must have rendered him forever beloved by his sol- diers. He declined because he wished to serve the country in the field, and for other and equally honorable reasons. He had recruited his regiment by holding out to the men the prospect that he would be their commander; he had promised to lead them, and he would neither deceive nor desert them. Col. PORTER always desired more active service than that of Garrison Commander, and at the outset of the present campaign his regiment were organized as infantry and sent into the field. They had lost heavily during the campaign, but met their greatest loss on Friday, when their gallant Colonel was taken from them.
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