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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
mechanics, and laboring-men; 4,000,000 negro slaves, and 1,000,000 known in those regions by the common name of poor white trash, a degraded population scattered over the whole surface of those States. These figures are round numbers, approximately exact according to published statistics. Chronology of the War. The following is a brief record of the most important of the minor events of the war, the greater ones being treated more at length under readily suggestive titles: 1860.—Nov. 18. The Georgia Legislature voted $100,000 for the purpose of arming the State, and ordered an election for a State convention.—29. The legislature of Vermont refused, by a vote of 125 to 58, to repeal the Personal Liberty Bill. The legislature of Mississippi voted to send commissioners to confer with the authorities of the other slave-labor States.— Dec. 6. In Maryland, a Democratic State Convention deplored the hasty action of South Carolina.—10. The legislature of Louisiana voted $500
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Columbus, Christopher 1435-1536 (search)
at the summits of the mountains. He went on, and found a beach bordering on very sweet water, which was very cold. There was a beautiful meadow, and many very tall palms. They found a large nut of the kind belonging to India, great rats, and enormous crabs. He saw many birds, and there was a strong smell of musk, which made him think it must be there. This day the two eldest of the six youths, brought from the Rio de Mares, who were on board the caravel Niña, made their escape. Sunday, Nov. 18. The Admiral again went away with the boats, accompanied by many of the sailors, to set up the cross which he had ordered to be made out of the two large trees at the entrance to the Puerto del Principe, on a fair site cleared of trees, whence there was an extensive and very beautiful view. He says that there is a greater rise and fall there than in any other port he has seen, and that this is no marvel, considering the numerous islands. The tide is the reverse of ours, because he
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hillabee towns, the (search)
ntent upon punishing the Creeks. After the battle of Talladega (q. v.), the Hillabee Creeks were disposed to peace, and offered to make terms with Jackson. He cordially responded, and preparations were made for the transaction. Meanwhile Generals Cocke and White, ignorant of this measure, came down upon the Hillabees, and spread destruction in their path. Ockfuskee and Genalga, two deserted villages—one of thirty and the other of ninety houses— were laid in ashes; and on the morning of Nov. 18, the troops appeared before the principal town. The inhabitants were unsuspicious of danger, and made no resistance; yet General White, for the purpose of inspiring terror in the minds of the Creek nation, fell furiously upon the non-resistants, and murdered no less than sixty warriors. Then, with 250 widows and orphans as prisoners in his train, he returned to Fort Armstrong, a stronghold which the east Tennesseeans had built on the Coosa, in the present Cherokee county, Ala. The Hillabe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lincoln, Abraham 1809- (search)
that they are identical in spirit with the authoritative article in the Washington Union of the day previous to its endorsement of this constitution. I pass over some portions of the speech, and I hope that any one who feels interested in this matter will read the entire section of the speech, and see whether 1 do the judge an injustice. He proceeds: When I saw that article in the Union of the 17th of November, followed by the glorification of the Lecompton constitution on the 18th of November, and this clause in the constitution asserting the doctrine that a State has no right to prohibit slavery within its limits, I saw that there was a fatal blow being struck at the sovereignty of the States of this Union. I stop the quotation there, again requesting that it may all be read. I have read all of the portion I desire to comment upon. What is this charge that the judge thinks I must have a very corrupt heart to make? It was a purpose on the part of certain high function
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Carolina, State of (search)
nemies of the government, and had come to support the loyal people in upholding the law and the Constitution. A response to this was a convention of the people in the vicinity of Cape Hatteras, Oct. 12, 1861, who professed to be loyal. By resolutions the convention offered the loyalty of its members to the national government. A committee drew up and reported a list of grievances; also a declaration of independence of Confederate rule. A more important convention was held at Hatteras on Nov. 18, in which representatives from forty-five of the counties of North Carolina appeared. That body assumed the functions of a State government, and by a strongly worded ordinance provided for the government of North Carolina in allegiance to the national Constitution. The promise of good was so hopeful that President Lincoln, by proclamation, ordered an election to be held in the 1st Congressional District. C. H. Foster was elected to Congress, but never took a seat. This leaven of loyalty
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
pointed colonel of engineers by Congress Oct. 18, 1776 Battle of White Plains, N. Y.; British victory Oct. 28, 1776 Franklin sails for France in the Reprisal, of sixteen guns, one of the new Continental frigates, the first national vessel to appear in the Eastern Hemisphere Oct., 1776 Congress authorizes the raising of $5,000,000 by lottery for expenses of the next campaign Nov. 1, 1776 Fort Washington on the Hudson captured by the British Nov. 16, 1776 Americans evacuate Fort Lee, Nov. 18, and retreat across New Jersey to Pennsylvania Nov., 1776 Eight thousand British troops land and take possession of Rhode IslandNov. 28, 1776 Washington with his forces crosses the Delaware into PennsylvaniaDec. 8, 1776 Sir Peter Parker takes possession of Rhode Island, and blockades the American fleet at ProvidenceDec. 8, 1776 Maj.-Gen. Charles Lee captured by British at Baskingridge, N. J.Dec. 12 1776 Battle of Trenton, N. J. Dec. 26, 1776 Congress resolves to send commissioners to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, George (search)
ntion names, nor would I have it known that they are sent by Me to You for promulgation. Pray, if it is not a secret, who is the author or authors of Publius? —Washington to Knox, Feb. 5, 1788. Oct. 30, Hamilton sent to Washington the first number of the Federalist, without any intimation as to the authorship. For the remaining numbers of Publius, wrote Washington, in reply, I shall acknowledge myself obliged, as I am persuaded the subject will be well handled by the author of them. Nov. 18, Madison sent him seven numbers, suggesting that they be republished in Virginia, and saying that his own degree of connection with the publication was such as to afford a restraint of delicacy from interesting myself directly in the republication elsewhere. You will recognize one of the pens concerned in the task. There are three in the whole. A fourth may possibly bear a part. Jan. 8, 1788. To Edmund Randolph. The diversity of sentiments upon the important matter, which ha