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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clinton, Sir Henry 1738-1795 (search)
omery, in the Hudson Highlands (Oct. 6), and sent forces of both arms of the service up the river on a marauding excursion, hoping to draw Gates from Burgoyne's front to protect the country below. On the day after the capture of the forts Sir Henry wrote on a piece of tissue-paper the following despatch to Burgoyne: Nous y voici [here we are], and nothing between us and Gates. I sincerely hope this little success of ours may facilitate your operations. In answer to your letter of the 28th September by C. C., I shall only say I cannot presume to order, or even advise, for reasons obvious. I heartily wish you success. Faithfully yours, H. Clinton. This despatch was enclosed in an elliptical silver bullet, made so as to separate at the centre, and of a size (as delineated in the engraving) small enough to be swallowed by a man, if necessary. He intrusted it to a messenger who made his way north on the west side of the river, and, being suspected when in the camp of George Clinton
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harrison, William Henry 1773-1812 (search)
ich concluded as follows: The general entreats his brave troops to remember that they are sons of sires whose fame is immortal; that they are to fight for the rights of their insulted country, while their opponents combat for the unjust pretensions of a master. Kentuckians, remember the River Raisin! but remember it only while victory is suspended. The revenge of a soldier cannot be gratified upon a fallen enemy. Expecting to be attacked at their landing-place, the troops were debarked, Sept. 28, in perfect battle order, on Hartley's Point, nearly 4 miles below Amherstburg. No enemy was there. Proctor, who was in command at Fort Malden, taking counsel of prudence and fear, and in opposition to the earnest entreaties and indignant protests of his officers and Tecumseh, had fled northward with his army and all he could take with him, leaving Fort Malden, the navy buildings, and the storehouses smoking ruins. As the Americans approached the town, they met, instead of brave Britons
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Monetary reform. (search)
Congress at its session of 1897-98. The commission consisted of ex-Senator Edmunds, of Vermont; ex-Secretary Charles S. Fairfield, of New York; C. Stuart Patterson, of Philadelphia: John W. Fries, of North Carolina; T. G. Bush, of Alabama; G. E. Leighton, of St. Louis; W. B. Dean, of St. Paul; Prof. J. Laurence Laughlin, of Chicago; L. A. Garnett, of San Francisco; Stuyvesant Fish, of New York; H. H. Hanna, of Indianapolis, and Robert S. Taylor, of Indiana. At a session of the commission, Sept. 28, President Edmunds announced the following committees: On Metallic Currency—C. Stuart Patterson, of Pennsylvania; Louis A. Garrett, of California; and J. Laurence Laughlin, of Illinois. On Demand Obligations of the Government—Robert S. Taylor, of Indiana; Stuyvesant Fish, of New York; J. W. Fries, of North Carolina, and George Edmunds, of Vermont. On the Banking System—Charles S. Fairchild, of New York; T. G. Bush, of Alabama; W. B. Dean, of Minnesota, and George E. Leighton, of Missouri<
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Philippine Islands, (search)
ing The amplest liberty of self-government, reconcilable with just, stable, effective, and economical administration, and compatible with the sovereign rights and obligations of the United States. April 22–May 17. General Lawton led an expedition to San Isidro. April 25–May 5. General MacArthur captured Calumpit and San Fernando. June 10-19. Generals Lawton and Wheaton advanced south to Imnus. June 26. General Hall took Calamba. Aug. 16. General MacArthur captured Angeles. Sept. 28. General MacArthur, after several days' fighting, occupied Porac. Oct. 1-10. General Schwan's column operated in the southern part of Luzon and captured Rosario and Malabon. Nov. 2. The Philippine commission appointed by the President, consisting of J. G. Schurman, Prof. Dean Worcester, Charles Denby, Admiral Dewey, and General Otis, which began its labors at Manila, March 20, and returned to the United States in September, submitted its preliminary report to the President. Nov.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Hampshire, (search)
Armed men dismantle a battery at Jerry's Point on Great Island, and bring eight pieces of cannon to Portsmouth......May 26, 1775 Convention of the people assembles at Exeter......June, 1775 New Hampshire troops in the battle of Bunker Hill......June 17, 1775 Governor Wentworth convenes the Assembly, June 12, and recommends the conciliatory proposition of Lord North, to which the House gives no heed. They expel three new royalist members, and the governor adjourns the Assembly to Sept. 28, and sails for Boston. From the Isles of Shoals he adjourns the Assembly until April, 1776, his last official act......September, 1775 A constitution for New Hampshire is framed by a Congress styling itself the House of Representatives, which assembles at Exeter, Dec. 21, 1775, and completes its labors......Jan. 5, 1776 Under the new form of government. Meshech Weare is appointed president of the council and of an executive committee chosen to sit during the recess of the council, a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Yachting. (search)
Yachting. The contest for the America's Cup, under the last challenge by Sir Thomas Lipton (q. v.), took place in New York Bay in the autumn of 1901, between Shamrock II., representing the Royal Ulster Yacht Club of Great Britain, and the Columbia, representing the New York Yacht Club. The first race, Sept. 26, ended in a fluke, the yachts being unable to finish within the time limit, the Columbia being ahead at the finish. The second race, Sept. 28, resulted in a victory for the Columbia. In the third attempt, Oct. 1, the race was called off because of the inability of the yachts to finish in time, Shamrock II. leading. The fourth race, Oct. 3, was won by the Columbia; and the fifth and decisive one, Oct. 4, was also won by the Columbia, which thus kept the coveted cup in the United States. For previous contests for this trophy, see America's cup.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Yorktown, siege of (search)
men, under the chief command of Washington, assisted by Rochambeau. The British force, about half as numerous, were mostly behind intrenchments at Yorktown. On the arrival of Washington and Rochambeau at Williamsburg they proceeded to the Ville de Paris, De Grasse's flag-ship, to congratulate the admiral on his victory over Graves on the 5th, and to make specific arrangements for the future. Preparations for the siege were immediately begun. The allied armies marched from Williamsburg (Sept. 28), driving in the British outposts as they approached Yorktown, and taking possession of abandoned works. The allies formed a semicircular line about 2 miles from the British intrenchments, each wing resting on the Route of Washington's army from the Hudson to Yorktown. York River, and on the 30th the place was completely invested. The British at Gloucester, opposite, were imprisoned by French dragoons under the Duke de Lauzun, Virginia militia, led by General Weedon, and 800 French ma