egroes, stole into the village of Harper's Ferry, put out the street-lights, seized the government armory and the railway-bridge there, and quietly arrested and imprisoned in the government buildings every citizen found in the street at the earlier hours of the next morning, each one ignorant of what else had happened.
These invaders had seized Colonel Washington, living a few miles from the ferry, with his arms and horses, and liberated his slaves; and at eight o'clock on Monday morning, Oct. 17, Brown and his followers (among whom were two of his sons) had full possession of the village and the government works.
He had felt assured that when the first blow should be struck the negroes of the surrounding country would rise and flock to his standard, that a general uprising of the slaves throughout the Union would follow, and that he would win the satisfaction and the honors of a great liberator.
When asked what was his purpose, and by what authority he acted, he replied, To free
ish schooner, the Margranetto, loading at Machias, is seized by a party of volunteers under Benjamin Foster and Jeremiah O'Brien; after capturing this prize O'Brien sails into the Bay of Fundy, and on his return captures a schooner and tender which were in search of the Margranetto......June, 1775
Col. Benedict Arnold, with a force of about 1,100 men, passes up the Kennebec to attack Quebec......September, 1775
Captain Mowatt arrives in Falmouth (now Portland) with four armed vessels, Oct. 17, with orders from Admiral Graves to destroy the town, which he burns......Oct. 18, 1775
Warren incorporated; first town on St. George River......Nov. 7, 1776
Fryeburg, scene of Lovewell's fight in 1725, incorporated......Jan. 11, 1777
Counties of York, Cumberland, and Lincoln, by vote of Congress, erected into the District of Maine ......1778
British General McLane and 900 troops take possession of the Peninsula of Major Biguyduce (now Castine), begin a fort, and station three
overnor Curry issues a proclamation calling for five companies of volunteers, Oct. 15, and orders all companies not duly enrolled by virtue of said proclamation to disband......Oct. 20, 1855
Convention of Free-Soilers meets at Albany, June 27, and drafts a platform for the anti-slavery party, to be reported at an adjourned meeting appointed at Corvallis for......Oct. 30, 1855
Volunteer force organized, Oct. 12, by Col. J. E. Ross, engages the Indians at Rogue River, near Galice Creek, Oct. 17, and at Bloody Springs or Grave Creek Hills......Oct. 30, 1855
New State-house at Salem burned, with the library and furniture; the work of an incendiary......Dec. 30, 1855
Indians murder thirteen out of fifteen of the garrison at Whaleshead, on Rogue River, during the absence of the rest (Feb. 22) at a dancing-party; murder many farmers near the fort, and burn their houses and barns; 130, who escaped the massacre and fled to the fort, are besieged thirty-one days, until relieved by
ans under General De Cos, the latter retreating......Oct. 28, 1835
Assembly known as the General Consultation of Texas meets at San Felipe de Austin, establishes a provisional government with Henry Smith as governor, and sends Branch T. Archer, S. F. Austin, and William H. Wharton to the United States to solicit aid in the struggle for independence......November, 1835
Declaration of independence of Texas, and a provisional constitution framed by a convention which meets at San Felipe, Oct. 17; constitution signed......Nov. 13, 1835
One thousand four hundred Mexicans under General De Cos surrender to the Texans who attack San Antonio de Bexar......Dec. 10, 1835
Colonists besiege the Mexican garrison of the Alamo at San Antonio, and, after a week's fighting, capture the fort......Dec. 16, 1835
Declaration of independence made and signed by ninety-one Texans at Goliad......Dec. 20, 1835
General Santa Ana, with 6,000 troops, leaves Monclova for Texas to drive out revolut
kett's Harbor to promote harmony between these two old officers, and to add efficiency to the projected movements.
Wilkinson, not liking this interference of Armstrong, wished to resign; but the latter would not consent, for he had no other officer of experience to take his place.
After much discussion, it was determined to pass Kingston and make a descent upon Montreal.
For weeks the bustle of preparation was great, and many armed boats and transports had been built at the Harbor.
On Oct. 17 orders were given for the embarkation of the troops at Sackett's Harbor, and General Hampton, then halting on the banks of the Chateaugay River, was ordered to move to the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of that stream.
The troops at the harbor were packed in scows, bateaux, Durham boats, and common lake sailboats, at the beginning of a dark night, with an impending storm hovering over the lake.
Before morning there was a furious gale, with rain and sleet, and the boats were scattered in ever