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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cape Fear, action at (search)
l Grant ordered Schofield from Tennessee to the coast of North Carolina, where he arrived, with the 23d Corps, on Feb. 9, 1865, and swelled Terry's force of 8,000 to 20,000. Schofield, outranking Terry, took the chief command. The Department of North Carolina had just been created, and he was made its commander. The chief object now was to occupy Goldsboro, in aid of Sherman's march to that place. Terry was pushed forward towards Hoke's right, and, with gunboats, attacked Fort Anderson (Feb. 18) and drove the Confederates from it. The fleeing garrison was pursued, struck, and dispersed, with a loss of 375 men and two guns. The National troops pressed up both sides of the Cape Fear River, pushed Hoke back, while gunboats secured torpedoes in the stream and erected batteries on both banks. Hoke abandoned Wilmington, Feb. 22, 1865, after destroying all the steamers and naval stores there. Among the former were the Confederate privateers Chickamauga and Tallahassee. Wilmington was
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Confederate States of America (search)
l affairs, judiciary, patents and copyrights, and printing. All the laws of the United States not incompatible with the new order of things were continued in force temporarily. A committee was appointed to report a constitution of permanent government for the Confederacy. On the 13th a delegate from Texas took his seat in the convention. The others were on the way. Preparations were made for the organization of an army and navy, and to make provision for deserters from the old flag. On Feb. 18 Davis and Stephens were inaugurated, and the oath of office was administered to Davis by Howell Cobb, president of the congress. The convention authorized him to accept 100,000 volunteers, and to assume control of all military operations between the Confederate States; and at the middle of March it recommended the several States to cede to the Confederate States the forts, arsenals, dock-yards, and other public establishments within their respective domains which they had wrested from th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 (search)
e now determined, he said, to maintain our position, and make all who oppose us smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel. . . . We will maintain our rights and our government at all hazards. We ask nothing—we want nothing—and we will have no complications. If the other States join our Confederacy, they can freely come in on our terms. Our separation from the Union is complete, and no compromise, no reconstruction, can now be entertained. The inaugural ceremonies took place at noon, Feb. 18, on a platform erected in front of the portico of the State-house. Davis and the Vice-President elect, Alexander H. Stephens (q. v.), with Rev. Dr. Marly, rode in an open barouche from the Exchange Hotel to the capitol, followed by a multitude of State officials and citizens. The oath of office was administered to Davis by Howell Cobb, president of the Congress, at the close of his inaugural address. In the evening President Davis held Jefferson Davis. a levee at Estelle Hall, and th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pea Ridge, battle of. (search)
Pea Ridge, battle of. When the Confederates under General Price fled into Arkansas in February, 1861, General Curtis and a strong force of Nationals pursued him. Curtis crossed the Arkansas line on Feb. 18 and drove Price and his followers over the Boston Mountains. He then fell back and took a position near Pea Ridge, a spur of the Ozark Mountains. Meanwhile Price had been joined by Gen. Earl Van Dorn, a dashing young officer who was his senior in rank, and now took chief command of the Confederates. Forty heavy guns thundered a welcome to the young general. Soldiers! cried the general, behold your leader! He comes to show you the way to glory and immortal renown. He comes to hurl back the minions of the despots at Washington, whose ignorance, licentiousness, and brutality are equalled only by their craven natures. They come to free your slaves, Battle of Pea Ridge. lay waste your plantations, burn your villages, and abuse your loving wives and beautiful daughters.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sherman, William Tecumseh 1820-1829 (search)
m interfering with Sherman's inland march. Wheeler had been putting obstructions in his pathway to Columbia: but the movements of the Nationals were so mysterious that it distracted the Confederates, who could not determine whether Sherman's objective was Charleston or Augusta. His invasion produced wide-spread alarm. Sherman's army steadily advanced in the face of every obstacle. They drove the Confederates from their position at Orangeburg and began destroying the railway there. On Feb. 18 they began a march directly to Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, driving the Confederates before them wherever they appeared. Sherman's march was so rapid that troops for the defence of the capital could not be gathered in time. He was in front of Columbia before any adequate force for its defence appeared. Beauregard was in command there, and had promised much, but did little. On Feb. 17 the Nationals entered Columbia; and on the same day Charleston, flanked, was evacuated by
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Southern Confederacy. (search)
rney-General; and John H. Reagan, Postmaster-General. The provisional Confederate Congress held four sessions: First, from Feb. 4, 1861, to March 16, 1861; second, from April 29, 1861, to May 22, 1861; third, from July 20, 1861, to Aug. 22, 1861; fourth, from Nov. 18, 1861, to Feb. 17, 1862. Under the permanent constitution, which provided for twenty-six Senators and 106 members of the House of Representatives, there were two congresses. The first held four sessions: First, from Feb. 18 to April 26, 1862; second, from Aug. 12 to Oct. 13, 1862; third, from Jan. 12 to May 8, 1863; fourth, from Dec. 7, 1863, to Feb. 18, 1864. The second congress held two sessions: First, from May 2 to June 15, 1864; second, from Nov. 7, 1864, to March 18, 1865. Constitution of the Confederate States of America. We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, ins
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
situation in Cuba were adopted by Congress. Feb. 14. Señor Luis Polo y Bernabe was appointed Spanish minister to the United States to succeed Señor De Lome. Feb. 15. The battle-ship Maine was blown up in the harbor of Havana by a floating mine; 260 American lives were destroyed. Feb. 16. Spain officially expressed regret for the Maine incident. Feb. 17. A naval court of inquiry into the cause of the destruction of the Maine was appointed by the United States government. Feb. 18-25. The Spanish cruiser Vizcaya visited New York Harbor. On the last date she sailed for Havana. Feb. 20. The court of inquiry began its session in Havana. Feb. 22. The cruiser Montgomery proceeded to Havana. March 5. Spain asked for the recall of Consul-General Lee, which was promptly refused by the United States government. March 7. A bill appropriating $50,000,000 for the national defence was introduced in the House of Representatives. It passed the House March 8 and t
land, to negotiate the purchase of the province of Maine, who concluded a bargain, took an assignment, and gave Georges £ 1,250; original indenture bears date......May 6, 1676 Indian hostilities continue throughout 1677; affair at Mare Point, Feb. 18; Pemaquid, Feb. 26. Indians attack Wells several times; again attack Black Point, May 16-18, and ambush a party of ninety men near that point, killing sixty......June 29, 1677 Sir Edmund Andros, fearing French aggression in the Duke's Sagada, and command given to Gen. Peleg Wadsworth, with headquarters at Thomaston......1780 Bath incorporated, the first town established by the new government......Feb. 17, 1781 General Wadsworth captured at Thomaston and imprisoned at Castine, Feb. 18; escapes......June 18, 1781 Land office is opened at the seat of government, and State lands in the district of Maine are sold to soldiers and emigrants at $1 per acre on the navigable waters; elsewhere given, provided settlers clear sixteen
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vermont, (search)
by a convention, July 4, 1786, is adopted by the legislature and declared......March, 1787 Ethan Allen, born at Litchfield, Conn., Jan. 10, 1737, dies at Burlington......Feb. 12, 1789 New York consents to the admission of Vermont into the Union, renouncing her claims for $30,000, and the legislature of Vermont ratifies the agreement......Oct. 28, 1790 Vermont adopts the Constitution of the United States without amendments......Jan. 10, 1791 Vermont admitted by act of Congress of Feb. 18, to take effect......March 4, 1791 Constitutional convention meets at Windsor, July 4; completes its labors......July 9, 1793 Constitution of 1793 adopted by the legislature......Nov. 2, 1796 Gov. Thomas Chittenden resigns on account of failing health (1797), and dies at Williston......Aug. 25, 1797 University of Vermont and State agricultural school at Burlington, chartered 1791, opened......1800 Steamboat The Vermont launched at Burlington by John and James Winans......180
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), West Virginia, state of (search)
..Sept. 10, 1861 General Reynolds repulses Confederates under Lee in battle at Cheat Mountain......Sept. 12-14, 1861 Convention at Wheeling passes an ordinance to form a new State in western Virginia called Kanawha, Aug. 20, 1861; ordinance ratified by popular vote of 18,408 to 781......Oct. 24, 1861 Federals burn Guyandotte......Nov. 11, 1861 Constitution for a new State, named West Virginia, framed by convention which meets at Wheeling, Nov. 26, 1861, and completes its labors, Feb. 18; constitution ratified by popular vote of 18,862 to 514......April, 1862 General Assembly of reorganized Virginia at Wheeling assents to the erection of the new State of West Virginia......May 12, 1862 Harper's Ferry surrendered by Gen. Dixon H. Miles to Confederates under Stonewall Jackson......Sept. 15, 1862 Gen. J. A. J. Lightburn retreats through the Kanawha Valley, pursued by Confederates under General Loring......1862 Congress admits West Virginia into the Union from June
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