I've found some information regarding a John Porterfield of Nashville during the Civil War. He apparently was a "financial wizard" for the Confederacy. He ended up in Montreal during the early years of the Civil War. From there the Confederacy gave him $100,000 to milk the Union financial market. He ended up in New York City. Was this the same Porterfield family that lost a fortune during a financial crisis in the later part of the 19th century? This Porterfield lost a fortune in New York City and ended up killing himself. He spent time living in Washington, DC and the eastern shores of Maryland. The family ended up scattering to Ohio and Texas. Anyone with info please let me know. I'm very curious about this John Porterfield who was involved with teh Confederacy and the other Porterfield involved with the NYC financial markets.
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