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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Argus, capture of the. (search)
Argus, capture of the. The American brig Argus, Capt. W. H. Allen, bore to France William H. Crawford, United States minister to that government. She afterwards cruised in British waters, and by the celerity of her movements and destructive energy she spread consternation throughout commercial England. She carried 32-pound carronades and two bowguns; and her commander, who had served under Decatur, was one of the most gallant men of the navy. He roamed the chops of the Channel successfully; and, sailing around Land's End, in the space of thirty days he captured no less than twenty valuable British merchantmen, with cargoes valued at $2,000,000. Too far away from friendly ports into which he might send his prizes, he burned all the vessels. Every non-combatant captive he allowed to remove his private property, and for this generosity he was thanked by them. The British government, alarmed by the exploits of the Argus, sent out several cruisers after her. Just before the dawn
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Battles. (search)
, 1811 President and Belvidera (former escaped)June 23, 1812 Essex and Alert (latter defeated)Aug. 13, 1812 Constitution and Guerri%22ere (latter defeated)Aug. 19, 1812 Wasp and Frolic (latter defeated)Oct. 18, 1812 Wasp and Poictiers (former surrendered)Oct. 18, 1812 United States and Macedonian (latter defeated)Oct. 25, 1812 Constitution and Java (latter defeated)Dec. 29, 1812 Chesapeake and Shannon (former defeated)June 1, 1813 Enterprise and Boxer (latter defeated)Sept. 5, 1813 Argus and Pelican (former defeated)Aug. 14, 1813 Hornet and Peacock (latter defeated)Aug. 24, 1813 American fleet of nine vessels and British fleet of six vessels on Lake Erie (latter defeated)Sept. 10, 1813 Essex and the Phoebe and Cherub (former surrendered)Mar. 28, 1814 Wasp and Reindeer (latter defeated)June 28, 1814 Wasp and Avon (latter defeated)Sept. 1, 1814 American fleet of sixteen vessels and the British fleet on Lake Champlain (latter defeated)Sept. 11, 1814 President and the End
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), MacKAYay, Charles 1814-1889 (search)
MacKAYay, Charles 1814-1889 Author; born in Perth, Scotland, in 1814; educated in London and Brussels; was connected with the London Morning chronicle in 1834-44; editor of the Glasgow Argus in 1844-47. Subsequently he visited the United States, where he lectured on Songs—National, Historical, and popular. Returning to England he established the London Review. In 1862 he again came to the United States and for three years was war correspondent for the London Times. He published Life and liberty in America; Gaelic Etymology of the English language, etc. He died in December, 188
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navy of the United States (search)
ritain, July 19, 1812, the navy consisted of only twenty vessels, exclusive of gunboats. They were as follows: Name.Rated.MountedCommanders. Constitution4458Capt. Hull. United States4458Capt. Decatur. President4458Com. Rodgers. Chesapeake3644Capt. Smith. New York3644Ordinary. Constellation3644Ordinary. Congress3644Ordinary. Boston32Ordinary. Essex32Capt. Porter. Adams32Ordinary. John Adams26Capt. Ludlow. Wasp1618Capt. Jones. Hornet1618Capt. Lawrence. Siren16Lieut. Carroll. Argus16Lieut. Crane. Oneida16Lieut. Woolsey. Vixen12Lieut. Gadsden. Nautilus12Lieut. Sinclair. Enterprise12Capt. Blakeley. Viper12Capt. Bainbridge. The government early perceived the importance of having control of Lakes Ontario and Erie when the war began. Events in the early part of 1812 at the eastern end of Lake Ontario (see Sackett's Harbor), and the fact that the British were building war vessels at Kingston, made it important that an American squadron should appear on those waters ver
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wirt, William 1772-1834 (search)
he contracted dissipated habits, from the toils of which, it is said, he was released by hearing a sermon preached by Rev. James Waddell. In 1799 he was chosen clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates, and in 1802 was appointed chancellor of the eastern district of Virginia. Very soon afterwards he resigned the office, and settled in Norfolk in the practice of his profession. He had lately written a series of letters under the title of The British spy, which were published in the Richmond Argus, and gave him a literary reputation. Published in collected form, they have passed through many editions. The next year he published a series of essays in the Richmond Enquirer entitled The rainbow. Wirt settled in Richmond in 1806, and became distinguished the following year as one of the foremost lawyers in the country in the trial of Aaron Burr for treason. In the same year he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and was a prominent advocate of the chief measures of Preside