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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), America, discovery of. (search)
determined to await the arrival of that vessel at Gomera, believing that Pinzon might have secured a vessel for himself at Gran Canaria, if he had not been able to repair his own. After waiting two days, he dispatched one of his people in a bark which was bound from Gomera to Gran Canaria, to acquaint Pinzon where he lay, and to assist him in repairing and fixing the rudder. Having waited a considerable time for an answer to his letter, he sailed with the two vessels from Gomera on the 23d of August for Gran Canaria, and fell in with the bark on the following day, which had been detained all that time on its voyage by contrary winds. He now took his man from the bark, and sailing in the night past the island of Teneriffe, the people were much astonished at observing flames bursting out of the lofty mountain called El Pico, or the Peak of Teneriffe. On this occasion the admiral was at great pains to explain the nature of this phenomenon to the people, by instancing the example of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Asia, the, (search)
Asia, the, The name of the British man-of-war which brought Governor Tryon to New York (June, 1775), and anchored off the Battery, foot of Broadway. A party led by John Lamb, a captain of artillery, proceeded, on the evening of Aug. 23, to remove the cannons from that battery and the fort (for war seemed inevitable) and take them to a place of safety. There was, also. an independent corps, under Colonel Lasher, and a body of citizens, guided by Isaac Sears. The captain of the Asia, informed of the intended movement. sent a barge filled with armed men to watch the patriots. The latter, indiscreetly, sent a musket-ball among the men in the barge, killing and wounding several. It was answered by a volley. the Asia hurled three round shot ashore in quick succession. Lamb ordered the drums to beat to arms; the church-bells in the city were rung, and, while all was confusion and alarm, the war-ship fired a broadside. Others rapidly followed. Several houses were injured by th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chesapeake, (search)
tages. He had been Chesney, in command of the ship only about ten days, and was unacquainted with the abilities of her officers and men; some of the former were sick or absent. His crew were almost mutinous because of disputes concerning prize-money, and many of them had only recently enlisted; besides, the feeling among the sailors that she was an unlucky ship was disheartening. The remains of Lawrence and Ludlow were conveyed to Salem, Mass., where funeral honors were paid to them on Aug. 23. Early in September they were conveyed to New York, and were deposited (Sept. 16) in Trinity church-yard. The corporation of the city of New York erected a marble monument to Lawrence, which becoming dilapidated, the vestry of Trinity Church erected a handsome mausoleum of brown freestone (1847), neat the southeast corner of Trinity Church, close by Broadway, in commemoration of both Lawrence and Ludlow, and eight trophy cannon were placed around it. Captain Lawrence's coat, chapeau, and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clark, Charles Edgar 1843- (search)
Clark, Charles Edgar 1843- Naval officer; born in Bradford, Vt., Aug. 10, 1843; was Charles Edgar Clark. trained in the naval academy in 1860-63, becoming ensign in the latter year. In 1863-65 he served on the sloop Ossipee, and participated in the battle of Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864, and the bombardment of Fort Morgan, Aug. 23. He was promoted lieutenant in 1867; lieutenantcommander in 1868; commander in 1881; and captain, June 21, 1896; and was given command of the Monterey. He held this post till March, 1898, when he was given command of the battle-ship Oregon, then at San Francisco, under orders to hurry her around Cape Horn to the vicinity of Cuba. He made the now famous run of 14,000 miles to Key West in sixty-five days, arriving at his destination on May 26. This was the longest and quickest trip of any battle-ship afloat. Despite her long voyage, the Oregon immediately joined Admiral Sampson's squadron. Captain Clark's excellent discipline was evident in the effe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), George (William Frederick) 1737-1820 (search)
t was a common remark of the soldiers, The King ought to ride a hardtrotting horse without stirrups. Portions of that statue are now in possession of the New York Historical Society. Usual appearance of George II. about 1776. (from a sketch by Gear.) The arrival of Richard Penn in London with the second petition of Congress aroused the anger of the King towards, and his fixed determination concerning, the rebellious colonies. He refused to see Penn or receive the petition, and on Aug. 23 he issued a proclamation for suppressing rebellion and sedition in America. There is reason, said the proclamation, to apprehend that such rebellion [in America] hath been much promoted and encouraged by the traitorous correspondence, counsels, and comfort of divers wicked and desperate persons within our realm, and he called upon all officers of the realm, civil and military, and all his subjects, to disclose all traitorous conspiracies, giving information of the same to one of the secret
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mobile, Ala. (search)
vessels, when, at nearly 9 P. M., the ram Tennessee came rushing at the Hartford under a full head of steam. The other National vessels were ordered to close upon her. A tremendous fight with the monster at short range occurred, and very soon the Tennessee, badly injured, surrendered. Her commander was severely wounded. The Confederate squadron was destroyed. The forts were assailed by land and water the next day, and the three were surrendered, the last (Fort Morgan) on the morning of Aug. 23. With this victory the government came into possession of 104 guns and 1,464 men, and effectually closed the port of Mobile to blockade-runners. This victory, and that at Atlanta, soon afterwards, together with the hearty response given by the people of the free-labor States to the call of the President (July 18, 1864) for 300,000 men, gave assurance that the Civil War was nearly ended. Capture of Mobile. Gen. J. E. Johnston said Mobile was the best-fortified place in the Confederac
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
nior; yet, as soon as he is within reach, I will go to sea to put myself under his orders. Washington at once made ample preparations for marching into Virginia. To prevent any interference from Clinton, he wrote deceptive letters to be intercepted, by which the baronet was made to believe that the Americans still contemplated an attack upon New York City. So satisfied was Clinton that such was Washington's design, that, for nearly ten days after the allied armies had crossed the Hudson (Aug. 23 and 24) and were marching through New Jersey, he believed the movement to be only a feint to cover a sudden descent upon the city with an overwhelming force. It was not until Sept. 2 that he was satisfied that the allies were marching against Cornwallis. On the arrival of a body of Hessians at New York, he had countermanded an order for the earl to send him troops, and for this he was now thankful. On Sept. 5, while the allies were encamped at Chester, Pa., Washington was informed that D
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Minnesota, (search)
e IX., section 10, amended 1858, forbidding more bonds to aid railroads, and to section 2, providing that no tax or provision for interest or principal of bonds shall be in force until ratified by the people......November, 1860 First regiment of Minnesota volunteers leaves Fort Snelling for Washington......June 22, 1861 Sioux Indians, under Little Crow, massacre the whites at Yellow Medicine agency, Aug. 18, 1862; at New Ulm, in Brown county, Aug. 21; attack New Ulm and are repulsed, Aug. 23; besiege Fort Ridgely for nine days; attack Cedar City, McLeod county, Sept. 3; State troops under Col. H. H. Sibley march against them, Aug. 26; United States troops under Major-General Pope are despatched to the seat of war, and after a sharp battle at Wood Lake the Indians are defeated, and 500 are taken prisoners, 300 of whom are sentenced to be hung......Sept. 22, 1862 Ninety-one captive white women and children surrendered by the Indians to Colonel Sibley near the Chippewa River...
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oklahoma, (search)
d in its entirety......1893 Territorial convention of negroes held at Guthrie......April, 1893 Cherokee outlet, or strip, about 9,409 square miles, was ceded to the United States by the Cherokees, May 19, 1893; the United States paying $8,300,000 in five annual instalments, beginning March 4, 1875, interest 4 per cent. on deferred payments, besides paying $300,000 to the Cherokees at once, and $110,000 to other tribes, making in all about $8,710,000. By proclamation of the President, Aug. 23, the strip was opened at noon......Sept. 16, 1893 [It is estimated that 100,000 people had gathered on the boundary-line awaiting the opening.] Tonkawa and Pawnee reservations opened to settlement......Sept. 16, 1893 Cyclone at Chandler, thirty-five killed and injured......March 30, 1897 Flood at Guthrie, great loss of life......April 28, 1897 Geological survey begun......1900 Free homes bill passed by Congress......May 14, 1900 Memorial service in honor of David L. Pay