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Stage-coaches, Vehicles so called from the stages or inns at which the coaches stopped to refresh and change horses. The custom of running stage-coaches in England was introduced from the Continent, but in what year the first stage ran is not known, probably in the latter part of the sixteenth or early in the seventeenth century. Introduced into Scotland in 1610 by Henry Anderson, running between Edinburgh and Leith. In 1659 the Coventry coach is referred to, and in 1661 the Oxford stagecoach. By the middle of the eighteenth century the stagecoach was in extensive use. In 1757 the London and Manchester stage-coach made the trip, 187 miles, in three days regularly, afterwards Travelling by stage coach. reduced to nineteen hours, and the London and Edinburgh stage-coach ultimately made the distance between these cities, 400 miles, in forty hours, including all stops, etc., the roads being excellent, the coaches and service admirable, and the number of horses equal to the numb
Star of the West, A steam merchantman, sent to relieve Major Anderson in Fort Sumter. It having been resolved, on the advice of Secretary Holt and General Scott, to send troops to reinforce the garrison at Fort Sumter, orders were given for the United States steam-frigate Brooklyn—the only war-ship available then— to be in readiness to sail from Norfolk at a moment's notice. This order Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior, revealed to the early Confederate leaders. Virginians were r
ward, after seventeen shots had been fired by the insurgents, and returned to New York, Jan. 12.
This firing on the flag of the United States was the first overt act of war that marked the inauguration of the great Civil War of 1861-65.
Had Major Anderson, in Sumter, then known that loyal men were in power in his government, he would have opened the great guns of the fortress, and the Star of the West and her precious freight would not have been driven to sea.
There was great exultation in
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.23 (search)
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
Orr's South Carolina Rifles. [from the Abbeville, S. C., Medium, July 20, 1899 ] Brief Sketch of the famous regiment from the pen of one who fought in its ranks. By J. W. Mattison, of Company G. Orr's Regiment of Rifles went into camp of instruction at Sandy Springs camp ground, ten miles above Anderson C. H., July 19th, 1861, with the following field officers: James L. Orr, colonel; J. Foster Marshall, lieutenant-colonel; Daniel Ledbetter, major; Ben. Sloan, adjutant; T. B. Lee, sergeant-major; Company A, J. W. Livingston, captain; Company B, James M. Perrin, captain; Company C, J. J. Norton, captain; Company D, F. E. Harrison, captain; Company E, Miles M. Norton, captain; Company F, Robert A. Hawthorn, captain; Company G; G. McD. Miller, captain; Company H, George M. Fairlee, captain; Company K, G. W. Cox, captain; Company L, J. B. Moore, captain. The regiment was composed of the ten companies of one hundred men each—Companies B and G from Abbeville county; Companies A,
The Daily Dispatch: August 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], Valuable Prizes. (search)
Valuable Prizes. --The steamer Antelope reached this place yesterday, and brought here a detachment of the Washington Artillery, under command of Lieut James Salvo. They had in charge the following officers and seamen, lately captured by a Confederate State Privateer: Captain L. Holmes, and W. Hurd, Mate, late of the bark Glen, of Portland, Me., from Philadelphia, for Tortugas, with a cargo of 391 tons coal; Henry Wilson, Mate, late of the bark Rowena, of and for Philadelphia, from Laguayra, with a cargo of 1,000 bags coffee — this vessel is said to be new and valuable; Wm. Nichols, seaman, and Henry Anderson, a boy, lately of the schooner Mary Alice, from Porto Rico, for New York, with a cargo of 215 hhds. of sugar. We also learn that a privateer has been chased into a harbor not far distant, after an exciting run of some hours.--Charleston Mercury 6th.
The Daily Dispatch: August 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], Interesting facts. (search)
An Incident of Exster Hall. --A letter from London (July 3d) to an English gentleman' now adjourning in Richmond, says--"Anderson, the negro, is one of the great attraction at present. He was presented with a of English soil last night by Mr. Harper Twelvstress, the unsuccessful candidates for Maryl. The Rev. Hugh Allen t had blows with a gentlemen, and the Daily Telegraph' was rightfully abused."