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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801 (search)
public and private stores there and in the vicinity (Jan. 5. 1781), he withdrew to Portsmouth, opposite Norfolk, and made that place his headquarters for a while. Earnest efforts were made to capture the marauder, but in vain. Jefferson offered $25,000 for his arrest, and Washington detached Lafayette, with 1,200 men, drawn from the New England and New Jersey levies, who marched to Virginia for that purpose and to protect the State. A portion of the French fleet went from Rhode Island (March 8) to shut Arnold up in the Elizabeth River and assist in capturing him. Steuben, who was recruiting for Greene's army in Virginia, also watched him. The effort failed, for Arnold was vigilant and extremely cautious. He knew what would be his fate if caught. What would the Americans do with me, if they should catch me? Arnold inquired of a young prisoner. They would cut off and bury with military honors your leg that was wounded at Saratoga. and hang the rest of you, replied the young Am
for Havana he expressed himself as highly gratified with his treatment. On account of the great need of food, clothing, and medical supplies in Cuba, President McKinley ordered two naval vessels to carry to the island the articles collected in the United States. The government of Spain suggested that merchant vessels would be more desirable for this work, and that it would be pleased if Consul-General Lee were recalled; but neither of these intimations were heeded by the President. On March 8, a bill appropriating $50,000,000 for national defence was passed in the House, and on March 9 in the Senate, neither house raising a dissenting vote. The court of inquiry completed its investigation on March 21, and on the 28th President McKinley transmitted the findings and evidence to Congress, accompanying them with a special message. The following is the text of the report: United States ship Iowa—first rate. Key West, Fla., Monday, March 21, 1898. After full and mature co
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pea Ridge, battle of. (search)
ey left their dead and wounded on the field. Among the latter were Generals McCulloch and McIntosh, mortally hurt. Osterhaus, and Sigel with his heavy guns, Map of battle of Pea Ridge. now went to the assistance of Colonel Carr on the right. But Carr had held his ground. There were no indications that the Confederates wished to renew the fight, for it was now sunset. The Nationals bivouacked on the battle-field that night among the dead and dying. The contest was renewed at dawn (March 8), when the Nationals hurled such a destructive tempest of shot and shell upon the Confederates that the latter soon broke and fled in every direction in the wildest confusion. Van Dorn, who had been a greater part of the day with the troops that fought Carr, concentrated his whole available force on Curtis's right. The latter had been vigilant, and at 2 A. M. he had been joined by Sigel and his command. The whole four divisions of the army were in position to fight Van Dorn at daylight.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ship-building. (search)
s of his instructions. He may have conveyed them orally at an informal interview, but it is strange that he made no report of his action to his government. The notice given by Mr. Adams. Nov. 23, 1864, would have terminated the agreement May 23, 1865. June 15, 1865, Sir Frederick Bruce, who had succeeded Lord Lyons as British minister, wrote to Mr. Hunter, acting Secretary of State, inquiring whether the agreement of 1817 was virtually at an end, or whether the despatch to Mr. Adams of March 8 was intended as a formal withdrawal of the notice of Nov. 23, 1864. Secretary Seward replied in writing to these inquiries the next day that the instruction to the United States minister at London of March 8, 1865, was intended as a withdrawal of the previous notice within the time allowed, and that it is so held by this government. This is probably the only instance where an act of Congress has been set aside through instructions issued by our Secretary of State to one of our foreign min
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
t. 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 the Senate March 9, and was signed by the, President. March 11. The War Department began the mobilization of the army. March 12. The battle-ship Oregon sailed from San Francisco to join the Atlantic Squadron. March 12. Armistice was offered by Spain to the Cuban insurgents. March 14. The Spanish fleet sailed from Cadiz for the Canary Islands. March 14. Senator Proctor's report on Spanish atrocities in Cuba was published. March 19. the Maine court of inquiry comple
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tehuantepec ship Railway. (search)
rable committee reports. When he was altogether worn out with the struggle to obtain due recognition for his scheme, the Forty-ninth Congress partially consented to incorporate his company. A bill was passed by the Senate Feb. 17, 1887, which constituted James B. Eads and some eighty other persons named as a body politic under the name and title of the Atlantic and Pacific Ship Railway Company. The stock was not to exceed $100,000,000, and when 10 per cent. of the stock had been subscribed for and 10 per cent. thereon paid in cash, a meeting of stockholders was to be held in Washington or New York for the election of directors. If $10,000,000 of stock was not subscribed for and 10 per cent. in cash paid thereon within two years, the charter —so the bill declared—must expire by limitation. This bill did not get through the House, however, being lost in the rush of legislation before adjournment, and as Captain Eads died March 8 following, nothing was accomplished with his sch
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
000 than the Fifty-first, the so-called Billion dollar Congress......March 3, 1893 Fifty-second Congress adjourns......March 4, 1893 twenty-seventh administration— Democratic, March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1897. Grover Cleveland, New York, President. Adlai E. Stevenson, Illinois, Vice-President. Senate assembles in extra session......March 4, 1893 President withdraws the Hawaiian treaty from the Senate......March 9, 1893 Hawaiian princess Kaiulani and suite reach Washington, March 8, and are received at the White House......March 13, 1893 Extradition treaty with Sweden ratified and proclaimed......March 18, 1893 Ex-Representative Blount sails from San Francisco for Honolulu on the revenuecutter Rush on his special mission to Hawaii......March 20, 1893 Bering Sea arbitration opened in Paris......March 23, 1893 President informed that Great Britain and France have raised their representatives to the United States to the rank of ambassadors......March 24, 1893
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Carolina, (search)
eutenant Cushing at Plymouth......Oct. 27, 1864 Plymouth recaptured by Commodore Macomb......Oct. 31, 1864 Fort Fisher bombarded by Admiral Porter, Dec. 24, and an attack by General Butler and Admiral Porter successfully repulsed......Dec. 25, 1864 Fort Fisher captured by Admiral Porter and General Terry......Jan. 15, 1865 Federals under General Cox capture Fort Anderson......Feb. 18, 1865 Wilmington captured by General Schofield......Feb. 22, 1865 Battles at Wise's Forks, March 8, at Fayetteville and at Kingston......March 10, 1865 General Sherman occupies Fayetteville, March 12, and destroys the arsenal......March 14, 1865 Sherman crosses the Cape Fear River, March 15; Federals under General Slocum defeat Confederates under Hardee in the battle of Averasboro, March 16; Sherman defeats Johnston at Bentonville, March 19; the armies of Sherman, Terry, and Schofield join at Goldsboro, March 23; Boone, N. C., is captured by Stoneman......March 28, 1865 Stoneman