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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Advance on Monterey-the Black Fort-the battle of Monterey-surrender of the City (search)
ee small detached works, armed with artillery and infantry. To the south was the mountain stream before mentioned, and back of that the range of foot-hills. The plaza in the centre of the city was the citadel, properly speaking. All the streets leading from it were swept by artillery, cannon being intrenched behind temporary parapets. The house-tops near the plaza were converted into infantry fortifications by the use of sand-bags for parapets. Such were the defences of Monterey in September, 1846. General [Pedro de] Ampudia, with a force of certainly ten thousand men, was in command. General Taylor's force was about six thousand five hundred strong, in three divisions, under Generals [William O.] Butler, Twiggs and Worth. The troops went into camp at Walnut Springs, while the engineer officers, under Major [Joseph] Mansfield — a General in the late war-commenced their reconnaissance. Major Mansfield found that it would be practicable to get troops around, out of range of
er troops that have ever been in the country. The men are perfectly raw, so that we have to drill them; and we are now (to-day) commencing the practical operations to prepare us for the field. Smith and I have been in the woods nearly all the morning, with the men, cutting wood for fascines, gabions, &c. We have now fifty men, and fine men they are too. I am perfectly delighted with my duties. Lieutenant McClellan sailed with his company, seventy-one strong, from New York, early in September, 1846, for Brazos Santiago, and arrived there immediately after the battle of Monterey. They then moved to Camargo, where they remained for some time. Thence they were transferred to Matamoras in November, and from this point started on their march to Victoria, under the orders of General Patterson. Before leaving Matamoras, Captain Swift was taken ill, and the company was left under command of Lieutenant Smith. At Victoria the company joined the forces under General Taylor, and were as
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Henry, William Seaton 1816-1851 (search)
Henry, William Seaton 1816-1851 Military officer; born in Albany, N. Y., in 1816; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1835; served in the Florida War in 1841-42, and in the Mexican War; received the brevet of major in September, 1846, in recognition of his bravery in the action at Monterey. He was the author of Campaign sketches of the War with Mexico. He died in New York City, March 5, 1851.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Howe, Eltas 1819-1867 (search)
Howe, Eltas 1819-1867 Inventor; born in Spencer, Mass., July 9, 1819; engaged in manufacturing cotton-mill machinery at Lowell in 1835 and invented the sewingmachine, producing his first machine in May, 1845, and patenting it in September, 1846. Public indifference, violation of his rights, and extreme poverty tended to discourage him, but did not. In 1854 he was enabled to establish his legal claim to priority of invention. Then a floodtide of prosperity flowed in, and by the time his patent expired, in September, 1867, he had realized about $2,000,000. At the Paris exposition that year he received a gold medal and the cross of the Legion of Honor. He had contributed largely to support the government during the Civil War, and, until his health failed, did duty as a private soldier in a Connecticut regiment. He died in Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1867.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mormons, (search)
iment in Illinois soon set strongly against the Mormons. Armed mobs attacked the smaller settlements, and also Nauvoo, their city. At length a special revelation commanded their departure for the Western wilderness; and in February, 1846, 1,600 men, women, and children crossed the Mississippi River on the ice, and, travelling with ox-teams and on foot, penetrated the Indian country and rested at Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River. Other bands continued to emigrate; and finally, in September, 1846, the last lingering Mormons at Nauvoo were driven out at the point of the bayonet by 1,600 troops. At their resting-place they were met by a requisition for 500 men for the army in Mexico, which was complied with. The remainder stayed, turned up the virgin soil, and planted there. Leaving a few to cultivate and gather for wanderers who might come after them, the host moved on. Order reigned. To them the voice of their Seer (Brigham Young) was the voice of God. Every ten wagons were
vation, in contributing to his welfare, in doing him good, there are fields of bloodless triumph nobler far than any in which Bayard or Da Guesclin ever conquered. Here are spaces of labor wide as the world, lofty as heaven. Let me say, then, in the benison once bestowed upon the youthful knight: Scholars, jurists, artists, philanthropists, heroes of a Christian age, companions of a celestial knighthood, Go forth; be brave, be loyal, and successful. In a letter to Mr. Sumner dated September, 1846, Theodore Parker says:-- I thank you most heartily for your noble and beautiful Phi Beta Kappa Address. It did me good to read it. I like it, like it all, all over and all through. I like especially what you say of Allston and Channing. That sounds like the Christianity of the nineteenth century, the application of religion to life. You have said a strong word, and a beautiful, planted a seed out of which many and tall branches shall arise, I hope. The people are always true t
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 5: poverty and sickness, 1840-1850. (search)
ering from troubles that they felt might be relieved by hydropathic treatment. From May, 1846, until March, 1847, she remained at Brattleboroa without seeing her husband or children. During these weary months her happiest days were those upon which she received letters from home. The following extracts, taken from letters written by her during this period, are of value, as revealing what it is possible to know of her habits of thought and mode of life at this time. Brattleboroa, September, 1846. My Dear Husband,--I have been thinking of all your trials, and I really pity you in having such a wife. I feel as if I had been only a hindrance to you instead of a help, and most earnestly and daily do I pray to God to restore my health that I may do something for you and my family. I think if I were only at home I could at least sweep and dust, and wash potatoes, and cook a little, and talk some to my children, and should be doing something for my family. But the hope of gettin
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 14: European travel. (1846-1847.) (search)
vid Scott, whose pictures interested her so much, painted a striking portrait of Emerson, which is now in the Concord, Massachusetts, public library:-- [September, 1846.] At Robert Chambers's. Saw there beautiful book of Highlanders in their costumes. Hopes of chemistry as to making food. Remark of R. C. as to the clumsines leave Edina now; might have had such good times with the two friends. Her view of Mary Queen of Scots is put in too striking a manner to be omitted-- [September, 1846.] Holyrood. Prince Labanoff The world would not suffer that poor beautiful girl to have the least good time, and now cannot rest for championing her. Singby the night when she was lost on Ben Lomond, of which so full an account is given in her Memoirs: Memoirs, II. 178; also, At Home and Abroad, p 153.-- [September, 1846.] Inversnaid. In the boat to Rowardennan. Loch Lomond. Boatmen. A fine race. Gaelic songs. Relate their import. Undoubting faith of these people in the
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, V: the call to preach (search)
s encouraged me considerably. Once, the young critic sent a box of gentians to Mrs. Child and carried a fine bunch up to Mrs. Maria Lowell in the evening. Spent an hour there. James and she are perfectly lovely together—she was never so sweet and angel-like in her maiden state as now when a wife. And again, describing a walk, he writes that he met James Lowell and his moonlight maid—how closely I felt bound to them through the sonnets. Of a later visit at the Lowells', he wrote (September, 1846):— The angel is thinner and paler and is destined to be wholly an angel ere long, I fear, but both were happy. . . . We talked Anti-Slavery and it was beautiful to see Maria with her woman angel nature plead for charity and love even against James, that is, going farther than he, and as far as I could ask. This was delightful, but it was sad to me to feel we must lose her. . . . I do not suppose there ever was known before anything so beautiful as this union. There have been man<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
wthorne. Vol. II. p. 12. Sumner came into personal relations with John Quincy Adams in 1845, and from that year met him from time to time at his home in Quincy, or at his son's house in Boston. The Ex-President was far from being a Peace man; but he was attracted by the boldness of Sumner's Fourth of July oration, and by its elevation of thought. His tribute to Sumner's Phi beta Kappa address, and his participation, at Sumner's request, in the meeting at Faneuil Hall, summoned in September, 1846, in consequence of the abduction of a negro, are elsewhere mentioned. He was obliged by the attack of paralysis, which came a few months later, to postpone his return to Washington till the next February, In his speech in the Senate, May 31, 1872 (Works, vol. XV. p. 121), Sumner mentions a conversation with Mr. Adams at his son's house in Boston, just before he left for Washington, when in a voice trembling with age and with emotion he said that no public man could take gifts witho
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