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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Amelia Island, (search)
rs and smugglers of Lafitte's band of Baratarians resorted. Under a secret act, passed in 1811, and first made public in 1817, the President took the responsibility of suppressing both these establishments. Aury had joined McGregor with the Galveston desperadoes, and their force was formidable. The President sent Captain Henly, in the ship John Adams, with smaller vessels, and a battalion of Charleston artillery under Major Bankhead, to take possession of Amelia Island. McGregor was then at sea, leaving Aury in command of the island. He was summoned to evacuate it; and on Dec. 23 the naval and military commanders, with their forces, entered the place and took quiet possession. Aury left it in February, and so both nests of pirates and smugglers were broken up. At the same time there was much sympathy felt in the United States for the revolted Spanish-American colonies, and, in spite of the neutrality laws, a number of cruisers were fitted out in American ports under their flags.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Econochaca, battle at. (search)
No path or trail led to it. It had been dedicated to this humane purpose by Tecumseh and the Prophet a few months before, and the Cherokees had been assured by them that, like Auttose, no white man could tread upon the ground and live. There the Indian priests performed their incantations, and in the square in the centre of the town the most dreadful cruelties had already been perpetrated. White prisoners and Creeks friendly to them had been there tortured and roasted. On the morning of Dec. 23 Claiborne appeared before the town. At that moment a number of friendly half-bloods of both sexes were in the square, surrounded by pine-wood, ready to be lighted to consume them, and the prophets were busy in their mummery. The troops advanced in three columns. The town was almost surrounded by swamps and deep ravines, and the Indians, regarding the place as holy, and having property there of great value, though partially surprised, prepared to fight desperately. They had conveyed thei
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louisiana, (search)
toll, with a detachment, surrounded the house of General Villere, the commandant of a division of Louisiana militia, and made him prisoner; but he soon escaped, and, hastening to New Orleans, gave warning of the invasion to General Jackson. General Keane, a gallant Irish officer, the commander-in-chief of the British landforces, was with this advance party, with several of his officers, and felt confident that the invasion was unknown at New Orleans. The British formed a camp at Villereas (Dec. 23), within sight of the Mississippi, and prepared to move forward. The invaders were now within 9 miles of New Orleans. A proclamation, printed in the Spanish and French languages, and signed by General Keane and Admiral Cochrane, was sent forward by a negro to be distributed among the inhabitants. It read as follows: Louisianians! remain quietly in your houses; your slaves shall be preserved to you, and your property shall be respected. We make war only against Americans. While all this
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Prisoners, exchange of (search)
as made for an exchange of prisoners. Col. W. H. Ludlow was chosen for the service by the national government; Robert Ould was chosen by the Confederates. The former commissioner had his headquarters at Fort Monroe; the latter at Richmond. Prisoners were sent in boats to and from each place. This business went regularly on until it was interrupted by Jefferson Davis near the close of 1862. Because the government chose to use the loyal negroes as soldiers, Davis's anger was kindled. On Dec. 23 he issued a most extraordinary proclamation, the tone of which more than anything else doubtless caused foreign governments to hesitate about introducing the Confederacy into the family of nations. In it he outlawed a major-general of the Union army (see Butler, Benjamin Franklin), and he directed in that proclamation that all negro soldiers who might be taken prisoners, and all commissioned officers serving in company with them who should be captured, should be handed over to State govern
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sanger, Joseph P. 1875- (search)
Sanger, Joseph P. 1875- Military officer; born in Michigan; distinguished himself in the Civil War, receiving two brevets; accompanied General Upton on his tour of inspection of the armies of Japan, France, Austria, and England in 1875-77; was appointed inspector of volunteers with the rank of lieutenant-colonel in May, 1898; promoted brigadier-general of volunteers May 27, 1898. On Dec. 23 of the latter year he was ordered to the command of the Department of Matanzas, Cuba.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Savannah, Ga. (search)
ia; 18 miles from the Atlantic Ocean; county seat of Chatham county; noted for its large exports of cotton, naval stores, rice, and lumber; population in 1900, 54,244. Late in 1778 Sir Henry Clinton de- A view of Savannah. spatched Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell with about 2,000 men to invade Georgia. He sailed from New York on Nov. 27, under convoy of a portion of Commodore Hyde Plan of the siege of Savannah, Oct. 9, 1779. Parker's fleet. They arrived at the mouth of the Savannah on Dec. 23, and, after much hinderance, made their way towards Savannah, opposed by Gen. Robert Howe with about 600 Continentals and a few hundred militia. Howe was defeated, and fled, pursued by the invaders. Savannah passed into the hands of the British, with 453 prisoners, forty-eight cannon, twenty-three mortars, the fort (with its ammunition and stores), the shipping in the river, and a large quantity of provisions. The Americans lost, in killed or drowned, about 100 men; the British, about tw
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
ission of Kansas under Lecompton constitution......Dec. 7, 1857 Special session of territorial legislature passes act to submit Lecompton constitution to a full and fair vote of the whole people on Jan. 4, 1858......Dec. 17, 1857 J. W. Denver succeeds Secretary Stanton, removed, as acting governor......Dec. 21, 1857 Election on the Lecompton constitution with or without slavery; free-State men do not vote; total vote, 6,795......Dec. 21, 1857 Free-State convention at Lawrence on Dec. 23, and a Democratic convention at Leavenworth, both in opposition to the Lecompton constitution......Dec. 24, 1857 Election of officers under the Lecompton constitution; vote for governor, 4,097......Jan. 4, 1858 Result of a people's vote on the Lecompton constitution was: Against, 10,226; for, with slavery, 138; for, without slavery, 23; election held......Jan. 4, 1858 Last meeting of the Topeka legislature; no quorum......March 4, 1858 Free-State constitutional convention at Min
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Missouri, (search)
xtra session at Masonic Hall in Neosho, Newton county......Oct. 21, 1861 General Fremont is relieved by Gen. David Hunter......Nov. 2, 1861 Legislature at Neosho passes an act of secession, Oct. 28, and resolution requesting all members to sign it......Nov. 2, 1861 Indecisive battle at Belmont between Generals Grant and Polk, Nov. 7; Warsaw destroyed by Confederates......Nov. 19, 1861 Major-General Halleck, who succeeded General Hunter, Nov. 7, declares martial law in St. Louis, Dec. 23; and, some men returning from General Price's army having destroyed about 100 miles of the Missouri Railroad, he extends the order to all the railroads in the State......Dec. 25, 1861 Battles at Shawnee Mound and Milford, Dec. 18, 1861, and at Mount Zion......Dec. 28, 1861 New Madrid captured by General Pope......March 14, 1862 Independence captured by the Confederates......Aug. 11, 1862 Battle at Newtonia, Confederates victorious......Sept. 30, 1862 Andrew Allsman, an aged c
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Valley Forge (search)
y Forge, the Pennsylvania legislature adopted a remonstrance against that measure. To this cruel missive Washington replied, after censuring the quartermaster-general (Mifflin), a Pennsylvanian, for neglect of duty: For the want of a two-days supply of provisions, an opportunity scarcely ever offered of taking an advantage of the enemy that has not been either totally obstructed or greatly impeded. Men are confined in hospitals or in farmers' houses for want of shoes. We have this day [Dec. 23] no less than 2,873 men in camp unfit for duty because they are barefooted and otherwise naked. Our whole strength in Continental troops amounts to no more than 8,200 in camp fit for duty. Since the 4th inst., our numbers fit for duty, from hardships and exposures, have decreased nearly 2,000 men. Numbers are still obliged to sit all night by fires. Gentlemen reprobate going into winter-quarters as much as if they thought the soldiers were made of sticks or stones. I can assure those g