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of the besieged foreigners was most timely. For forty-five days, 3,000 souls, including 2,200 native converts, had been shut up in the compound of the British Legation, where all had gathered for mutual defence, after the other legations had been destroyed, subjected to the artillery and rifle fire of 50,000 troops under Prince Tuan. In the general attack, June 20-25, the Chinese were driven back with great loss; but with the exception of a truce of twelve days after the fall of Tientsin, July 17, the bombardment scarcely ceased day or night. Provisions and ammunition were very short, and the exposure and constant labor were telling severely on the besieged. Many efforts were made on the part of the Chinese to induce the besieged to proceed to Tientsin under promise of safe escort, but were promptly refused. The missionaries were in many cases less fortunate. A few made their way into Peking, one party escaped across the Gobi Desert and reached the friendly borders of Russia, an
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jackson, (search)
behind his breastworks there. Sherman invested Jackson, July 10, each flank resting on the Pearl River. He planted 100 cannon on a hill, and opened on the city, July 12; but his trains being behind, his scanty ammunition was soon exhausted. In the assault, General Lauman pushed his troops too near the Confederate works, and in the course of a few minutes 500 of his men were killed or wounded by sharp-shooters and the grape and canister from twelve cannon. Two hundred of his men were made prisoners. Under cover of a fog, Johnston made a sortie, July 13, but with no beneficial result, and on the night of July 16-17 he withdrew with his 25,000 men, hurried across the Pearl River, burned the bridges behind him, and retreated to Morton. Sherman did not pursue far, his object being to drive Johnston away and make Vicksburg secure. For this purpose he broke up the railways for many miles, and destroyed everything in Jackson that might be useful to the Confederates. Jackson, Andrew
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Klondike, (search)
George W. Carmack, who staked the first claim on Bonanza Creek, in August, 1896. Here $14,200 were secured in eight days by three men. On July 14, 1897, a steamer from the Klondike arrived at San Francisco. On board were forty miners, who had more than $500,000 in gold dust, and there was $250,000 more for the Commercial Company. After an assay it was found that the Klondike gold was not as pure as that of California, there being combined with it a greater amount of iron, lead, etc. On July 17 of the same year a second steamer arrived at San Francisco, bringing sixty-eight miners, with $1,250,000 worth of gold. Immediately the Klondike fever became general, and so large was the number of gold-seekers that the capacity of all the steamers running to St. Michael, Juneau, and Dyea was overtaxed. For a time it was feared that many of these goldseekers would perish before the opening of the passes in the following spring on account of the lack of provisions. On June 13, 1898, by an
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Morgan, John Hunt 1826- (search)
proclamation to the people of Kentucky. He was preparing the way for Bragg's invasion of that State. Soon recruits joined Morgan, and he roamed about the State, plundering and destroying. At Lebanon he fought a Union force, routed them, and took several prisoners. His raid was so rapid that it created intense excitement. Louisville was alarmed. He pressed on towards the Ohio, destroying a long railway bridge (July 14) between Cynthiana and Paris, and laying waste a railway track. On July 17 he had a sharp fight with the Home Guards at Cynthiana, who were dispersed. He hoped to plunder the rich city of Cincinnati. His approach inspired the inhabitants with terror; but a pursuing cavalry force under Green Clay Smith, of Kentucky, caused him to retreat southward in the direction of Richmond. On his retreat his raiders stole horses and robbed stores without inquiring whether the property belonged to friend or foe. In June and July, 1863, he crossed the Ohio River for the pur
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, to the scene, who found the Indian camp at White Bird CaƱon, and on June 17 made an unsuccessful attack, with the loss of one lieutenant and thirty-three men. General Howard then took the field in person with 400 men, and on July 11 discovered the Indians in a deep ravine on the Clearwater near the mouth of Cottonwood Creek, where he attacked and defeated them, driving them from their position; the Indians lost their camp, much of their provisions, and a number of fighting men. It was on July 17 that the famous Chief Joseph. retreat of Joseph began, followed by the troops of General Howard. No parallel is known in the history of the army in the Northwest where such a force of soldiers was longer on the trail of a retreating foe, and where the troops endured such indescribable hardships more bravely. First General Gibbon, who was then in Montana, started in pursuit with a force of less than 200, and came upon the Indians on a branch of the Big Hole or Wisdom River, and attacke
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
rades were exchanged. July 8. Admiral Dewey's vessels took possession of Isla Grande in Subig Bay, near Manila, and the German gunboat Irene, which had been interfering, withdrew. July 8. Admiral Camara started to return through the Suez Canal to Spain. He reached Cadiz July 29. July 10. Bombardment of Santiago was resumed. July 11. General Miles arrived at American headquarters in Cuba. July 13. Admiral Cervera and captured Spanish prisoners arrived at Portsmouth, N. H. July 17. Santiago surrendered. July 20. Gen. Leonard Wood was appointed military governor of Santiago. July 21. Last naval engagement on the coast of Cuba. Four United States warships entered the harbor of Nipe, and after a furious bombardment took possession of that port. July 25. United States army under General Miles landed at Guanica, Porto Rico. The town surrendered, and Ponce followed July 28. July 26. The Spanish government, through French Ambassador Cambon, asked for terms
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Trials. (search)
Benedict Arnold, New York, not guilty......1780 Maj. John Andre, adjutant-general, British army, seized as a spy at Tappan, N. Y., Sept. 23, 1780, tried by military court and hanged......Oct. 2, 1780 Stewart, Wright, Porter, Vigol, and Mitchell, Western insurgents, found guilty......1795 William Blount, United States Senate, impeached for misdemeanor......1797 William Cobbett, for libelling the King of Spain and his ambassador, writing as Peter Porcupine in Porcupine's gazette, July 17, before Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; acquitted......1797 Thomas Cooper, of Northumberland, Pa., convicted under the sedition act of libel on the administration of President Adams in Reading Advertiser of Oct. 26, 1799, imprisonment for six months and $400 fine......1799 Duane, Reynolds, Moore, and Cumming acquitted of seditious riot, Pennsylvania......1799 Matthew Lyon convicted in Vermont, October, 1798, of writing for publication a letter calculated to stir up sedition and to
ndy. He returns, having destroyed all the settlements in the vicinity of Port Royal, and taken 106 prisoners and a large amount of plunder with the loss of only six men......1704 Francis Nicholson, late lieutenant-governor of Virginia, arrives at Boston, July 15, with his fleet. He sails Sept. 18, reaches Port Royal Sept. 24, lands his forces, and opens three batteries Oct. 1, and Subercase, the governor, capitulates the next day, and Nicholson names the place Annapolis Royal......Oct. 2, 17 10 By treaty of Utrecht, all Nova Scotia, Annapolis Royal, and all other things in these parts belonging to France are ceded to Great Britain......March 30, 1713 Berwick incorporated out of the northern settlements of Kittery......June 9, 1713 Fort George erected on the west side of the Androscoggin, opposite the lower falls......1715 Parker's Island and Arrowsick made a town or municipal corporation by the name of Georgetown......June 13, 1716 Name of Saco changed to Biddeford.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oregon, (search)
n Portland erected by A L. Lovejoy and F. W. Pettygrove......1845 Publication of the Oregon Spectator begun at Oregon City......1846 Resolutions pass the House of Representatives giving notice to Great Britain that the convention of 1818 and 1827 for joint occupation of Oregon should be terminated at the expiration of twelve months from the notice......Feb. 9, 1846 Articles of the Oregon convention between United States and Great Britain held June 15, 1846, are ratified in London, July 17, and proclaimed......Aug. 5, 1846 First sale of town lots for Salem......Sept. 10, 1846 First mail contract in Oregon let to Hugh Burns in the spring of 1846, and first regular mail service in the Territory is established by the United States government......1847 Congress enacts a territorial government for Oregon......Aug. 14, 1848 Gen. Joseph Lane, first territorial governor, arrives, and proclaims the territorial government......March 3, 1849 About $50,000, in five and ten