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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), America, discovery of. (search)
om other islands came to take them away, and that they had been wounded in their own defence. They seemed ingenious and of a voluble tongue: as they readily repeated such words as they once heard. There were no kind of animals among them excepting parrots, which they carried to barter with the Christians among the articles already mentioned, and in this trade they continued on board the ships till night, when they all returned to the shore. In the morning of the next day, being the 13th of October, many of the natives returned on board the ships in their boats or canoes, which were all of one piece hollowed like a tray from the trunk of a tree; some of these were so large as to contain forty or forty-five men, while others were so small as only to hold one person, with many intermediate sizes between these extremes. These they worked along with paddles formed like a baker's peel or the implement which is used in dressing hemp. These oars or paddles were not fixed by pins to the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Brock, Sir Isaac, 1769- (search)
ere have volunteered their services this morning to any part of the province. He soon led quite a large body of them, and captured Detroit (q. v.). He also personally led the troops in the battle of Queenston, where he was killed, Oct. 13, 1812. The British government caused a fine monument to be erected to his memory in St. Paul's Cathedral. London. bearing the following inscription: Erected at the public expense to the memory of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, who gloriously fell on the 13th of October, Mdcccxii., in resisting an attack on Queenston, Upper Canada. To the four surviving brothers of Brock 12.000 acres of land in Canada were given, and a pension of $1,000 a year each for life. In 1816 the Canadians struck a medal to his memory, and on the Heights of Queenston they raised a beautiful Tuscan column 135 feet in height. In the base of the monument a tomb was formed, in which the general's remains repose. They were taken to this last resting-place from Fort George on Oct.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navy of the United States (search)
Navy of the United States Continental organization. Early in the autumn of 1775, Washington called the attention of the Continental Congress to the importance of fitting out naval vessels for the protection of the coast. Before any definite action had been taken, Washington had fitted out five or six armed vessels at Boston to pick up some of the British store-ships and transports. On Oct. 13, the Congress authorized the fitting out of a swift-sailing vessel to carry ten carriage-guns and a proportionate number of swivels, with eighty men, for a cruise of three months. On the same day appeared the germ of our Navy Department in a committee appointed to direct marine affairs. This consisted of Silas Deane, John Langdon, and Christopher Gadsden. Stephen Hopkins, Joseph Hewes, Richard Henry Lee, and John Adams were added Oct. 30. The committee was at first styled the marine committee, and on Dec. 13 it was so modelled as to include one member from each colony represente
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), California (search)
rive in the bark Eagle......1848 First gold from California, 1,804.59 ounces, deposited in the United States mint by David Carter......Dec. 8, 1848 Brig.-Gen. Bennett Riley, instructed by the Secretary of War to assume the civil administration, arrives by sea at Monterey, April 12, 1849. He issues a proclamation for a temporary government to replace the local provisional governments......June 3, 1849 A convention to form a State constitution sits at Monterey, Sept. 1, 1849, until Oct. 13. The constitution adopted and State officers chosen by the people......Nov. 13, 1849 New Almaden quicksilver mines opened......1850 California admitted to the Union (the thirty-first State; population, 92,597) by act approved......Sept. 9, 1850 Assay office established at San Francisco......1850 Of five extensive fires in San Francisco since Dec. 24, 1849, the greatest destroys a large part of the city (twenty-two blocks)......May 4, 1851 Act of legislature establishing publ
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pennsylvania, (search)
Over 100 miners killed by an explosion of fire-damp in the shaft of Frick & Co.'s coke works, near Mount Pleasant......Jan. 27, 1891 Strike in Connellsville coke regions begins; 10,000 miners involved......Feb. 9, 1891 Eleven strikers killed and forty wounded......April 2, 1891 Governor Pattison vetoes the compulsory education bill......June 18, 1891 Governor signs the Baker ballot reform bill......June 19, 1891 Governor Pattison calls an extra session of the Senate, to meet Oct. 13, to investigate charges against the State's financial officers......Sept. 26, 1891 Human Freedom League organized at Independence Hall, Philadelphia......Oct. 12, 1891 David Hayes Agnew, surgeon, born 1818, dies at Philadelphia......March 22, 1892 High-water mark monument, indicating the point reached by the Confederate advance in the assault of July 3, at Gettysburg, dedicated......June 2, 1892 Dam at Spartansburg bursts, and gasoline, from tanks broken by the rushing waters, i
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Van Rensselaer, Solomon 1774-1852 (search)
Van Rensselaer, Solomon 1774-1852 Military officer; born in Rensselaer county, N. Y., Aug. 6, 1774; was a son of Henry Killian Van Rensselaer; entered the military service as cornet of cavalry in 1792, and in the battle of Fallen Timbers, fought by Solomon Van Rensselaer. Wayne, Aug. 20, 1794, was shot through the lungs. From 1801 to 1810 he was adjutant-general of New York militia. He was lieutenant-colonel of New York volunteers in 1812, and commanded the troops that attacked those of the British at Queenston, Oct. 13 of that year. At the landing-place he received four wounds, and had to be carried back to Lewiston. From 1819 to 1822 he was a member of Congress, and from 1822 until 1839 postmaster at Albany. He published a Narrative of the affair at Queenston (1836). He died in Albany, N. Y., April 23, 1852.