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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fisher, Fort (search)
palisades on the land front. Sailors and marines assailed the northeast bastion, and with this assault began the fierce struggle. The garrison used the huge traverses that had shielded their cannon as breastworks, and over these the combatants fired in each other's faces. The struggle was desperate and continued until nine o'clock, when the Nationals, fighting their way into the fort, gained full possession of it. All the other works near it were rendered untenable; and during the night (Jan. 16-17) the Confederates blew up Fort Caswell, on the right bank of Cape Fear River. They abandoned the other works and fled towards Wilmington. The National loss in this last attack was 681 men, of whom eighty-eight were killed. On the morning succeeding the victory, when the Nationals were pouring into the fort, its principal magazine exploded, killing 200 men and wounding 100. The fleet lost about 300 men during the action and by the explosion. The loss of the Confederates was reported
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Georgia, (search)
der, unscrupulous in methods of leadership, goaded the people on to disaster by harangues, telegraphic despatches, circulars, etc. He was then one of the most active of the conspirators in the national Congress, and worked night and day to precipitate his State into revolution. The vote at the election was from 25,000 to 30,000 less than usual, and there was a decided majority of the members elected against secession. The convention assembled at Milledgeville, the capital of the State, on Jan. 16. There were 295 members present, who chose Mr. Crawford to preside. With all the appliances brought to bear, with all the fierce, rushing, maddening events of the hour, said the writer of the day, the co-operationists had a majority, notwithstanding the falling-off of nearly 30,000, and an absolute majority of elected delegates of twenty-nine. But, upon assembling, by coaxing, bullying, and all other arts, the majority was changed. On the 18th a resolution was passed by a vote of 105
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Missouri, (search)
ey did so intelligently. They knew the value of the Union; and the great body of the people deprecated the teachings of the disloyal politicians, and determined to stand by the national government. Claiborne F. Jackson was inaugurated governor of Missouri, Jan. 4, 1861. In his message to the legislature he recommended the people to stand by their sister slave-labor States in whatever course they might pursue. He recommended the calling of a convention. This the legislature authorized (Jan. 16), but decreed that its action on the subject of secession should be submitted to the people before it should be valid. The convention assembled in Jefferson City, Feb. 28. On the second day of the session it adjourned to St. Louis, where it reassembled, March 4, with Sterling Price as president, and Samuel A. Lowe as secretary. Price professed to be a Unionist, and so obtained his election. He soon afterwards became one of the most active Confederate military leaders in that region.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tariff. (search)
at the Ebbitt House, Washington, D. C.,......July 6, 1882 Report of tariff commission submitted to Congress and referred to ways and means committee......Dec. 4, 1882 Act passed repealing section 2510 of the Revised Statutes (levying an additional duty of 10 per cent. on goods from places west of the Cape of Good Hope), May 4, and amended......Dec. 23, 1882 Senate reports a tariff bill which is called up for consideration, Jan. 10; House bill reported by ways and means committee, Jan. 16; both bills discussed and amended for several weeks; a conference committee meets, Feb. 28; after some resignations and reappointments of members, reports, March 2, accepted in the Senate, 12.30 A. M., March 3, by 32 to 31 votes, and in the House at 5.30 P. M., March 3, by 152 to 116 votes, and signed by the President before adjournment, which was after midnight......March 3, 1883 A bill to reduce import duties and war-tariff taxes, introduced by Mr. Morrison, is reported in the House, M