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eer, and be merry, and that, I assure you, was done. I cannot close this report, General, without saying that the men of the One Hundred and Twentieth have not only justified their former reputation, but even have excelled it. They have displayed gallantry and bravery on that day which will never be forgotten by their country. To the line-officers, all of whom stood bravely up to the work,,I am much indebted for their aid and courage in promptly carrying out every order given. Lieutenant-Colonel Beckman has shown himself worthy of the position he holds; while promptly assisting in manoeuvring the regiment, his encouraging and cheering words were always heard along the lines. Major Slocum, while with me in the morning, showed that coolness and courage for which he is well known in the army; and while detailed to take charge of the skirmishers of the left flank of the division, did his full duty, to the entire satisfaction of the General commanding the division. Adjutant Sherman,
s. Submarine armor has not as clear claims to antiquity as the diving-bell, if we accept the accounts of Aristotle and Jerome. The earliest distinct account of the diving-bell in Europe is probably that of John Taisnier, quoted in Schott's Technica Curiosa, Nuremberg, 1664, and giving a history of the descent of two Greeks in a diving-bell, in a very large kettle, suspended by rope, mouth downward ; which was in 1538, at Toledo, in Spain, and in the presence of the Emperor Charles V. Beckman cites a print in editions of Vegetius on War, dated in 1511 and 1532, in which the diver is represented in a cap, from which rises a long leather pipe, terminating in an opening which floats above the surface of the water. Dr. Halley, about 1717, made a number of improvements in the diving-bell, and among them a leather cap for the head of the diver, with windows in front for the eyes. This helmet was used by the diver when he left the bell, from which he received a supply of air throug
suring the goods till they were shrunk to the desired width, and then calling the young men to a dead halt. Then while the lads put on their hose and shoes, the lasses stript their arms above the elbows, rinsed and wrung out the blanket and flannels, and hung them on the garden fence to dry. Full′ing-ma-chine′. A machine in which the operation of fulling cloth is performed. See fulling. Full′ing-mill. A common name for the fullingmachine. See fulling. Ful′mi-nate. Beckman states that fulminate of gold was discovered by a monk in the fifteenth century. This substance, which explodes more rapidly and with greater local force than gunpowder, is made by precipitating a solution of chloride of gold by an excess of ammonia. Mr. Forsyth discovered that by treating mercury as the old monk had treated gold, an equally powerful but far less expensive fulminate might be made. This be mixed with six times its weight of niter, and the result is the percussion-powder
Attalus; but it was practiced in Egypt and in Oriental countries before the era of that monarch. Gold wire is found attached to rings bearing the date of Osirtasen 1., 1740-1696 B. c. In ancient times, and, indeed, during the Middle Ages, gold and silver were almost, if not the only, metals which were formed into wire. In the reign of Elizabeth, iron and brass wire were both manufactured and imported into England. Copper wire was first made in England in the seventeenth century. Beckman states that as long as the work of wire-making was performed by the hammer, the artists of Nuremberg were called wire-smiths; but after the invention of drawing wire, they were called wire-drawers or wire-millers. Both these appellations occur in the history of Augsburg as early as the year 1351, and in that of Nuremberg in 1360; so that according to the best information I have been able to obtain, I must class the invention of the drawing-iron, or proper wire-drawing, among those of the fo
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 8: sword in hand. (search)
zed by the Liberators who witnessed it. Jim, one of Washington's negroes, was also slain at this period — as he, also, was valiantly asserting his manhood through the muzzle of a rifle. He fought like a tiger, said an eye-witness; and of Newby, another said, He fought like the very devil. Negroes can fight. A free negro, his companion, who had lived on Washington's estate, was shot for the same virtue at the same hour. Shortly after the death of Captain Turner, a stray shot killed Mr. Beckman, the Mayor of the town, who foolishly came within range of the rifles, as the Liberators and Virginians were exchanging volleys. In the course of this fight, Oliver Brown was shot, retreated inside of the gate, spoke no word, but yielded calmly to his fate, and died in a few seconds after his entrance. At the request of Mr. Kitzmiller, one of John Brown's hostages, Stevens went out of the Arsenal with him, in order to enable him, if he could do so, to accommodate matters for the benef
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 1: the preliminary examination. (search)
afety of the citizens detained there; that Brown, while the Virginia prisoners were in his power, treated them with great courtesy and respect; and repeatedly stated that his only object was to liberate the negroes, and that, to accomplish it, he was willing to fight the pro-slavery men. The witnesses who were prisoners in the Armory also testified that during the conflict they were requested by the Liberators to keep themselves out of the fire of the marines. One thought that Coppic shot Beckman, and Brown the marine. At one stage of the proceedings, Stevens, weak from his wounds, appeared to be fainting, and a mattress was procured for him, on which he reposed during the remainder of the examination. What a scene for an American Court! The prisoners were of course remanded to the Circuit Court for trial. The telegraph, although entirely managed by the partisans of Slavery at this time, involuntarily told truths disgraceful to Virginia, and illustrative of the effect of h
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.23 (search)
he front and towards the river, across the open field. I was standing on the parapet of the fort watching them. The Federals trained their guns upon them, and I saw these brave soldiers killed. Along with them were Lieutenant Allemong and Sergeant Beckman. I knew them all well. Ward Hopkins was a classmate with me in the South Carolina College, and no more knightly spirit ever served the Confederacy. Beckman and I had gone to the same Sunday-school and church in our boyhood. A Tadpole. Beckman and I had gone to the same Sunday-school and church in our boyhood. A Tadpole. During the night of the 17th the ammunition gave out, and it was brought up in an army wagon. I had to distribute it to the regiments on our left. I started with a detail, carried out my orders, and was returning to headquarters, when I missed my bridge and brought up in the swamp. As bad luck would have it, the Federals made an attack at that time. Then I was in the swamp and water, with the Federals in front of me, and the 25th regiment in rear of me. There was no alternative except t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Roster of members (search)
Roster of members who served with other commands in the war between the States, 1860-65, who united with the W. L. I. Charitable Association, it being the only post—bellum Confederate organization then existing— Aimar, G. W. Beckman, C. J. Burns, John, Breeze, W. E. Bryan, G. D. Averill, J. H. Barker, T. G. Allison, T. Bird, C. H. Bilton, J. J. Campbell, W. L. Dukes, T. C. H. Dunsby, G. W. Foster, H. P. Ford, B. Fisher, W. E. Gale, R. W. Hughes, E. T. Hyde, J. B. Hammett, A. C. Klinck, G. W. Lanneau, C. B. LeBleaux, L. F. Lawton, P. T. Lynah, E., Jr. Martin, H. O. Mintzing, J. F. Matthews, Chris'r McCabe, B. F. O'Brien, A. F. Porter, J. H. Pemberton, G. W. Ravenel, Dr. W. C. Richards, F., Jr., Simons, T. G., Sr. Salas, F. P. Sanders, J. O'H. Snowden, W. E. Smythe, E. A. Stocker, J. B. Torley, J. E. Walker, Joseph Walker, C. I. Willis, J. L. E. We
Gambling shop broken up. --The city police, under the guidance of Lieutenant Carter, of the night watch yesterday morning made an inroad in the house on 17th street kept by a man named John H. Day, known as Beckman's old stand, which was suspected, and not wrongfully of being a gambling resort of the colored population. When the police entered a mighty scrambling towards the attic was heard, and all but seven of the colored betters disappeared through a skylight in the roof. They were captured, conducted to the cage, and each ordered by the Mayor twenty lashes. On entering the room where the 'dealing' was carried on, a table, in primitive fashion, was found arranged, covered with a blanket, with wooden chips and a tin dealing box with the usual springs, &c, and some 445 in money staked on the game. The cards, dealing-box, and table were carried away in triumph to the cage, together with the seven darkeys who were so unfortunate as to be caught.--John H. Day, a white man and
Shooting at an officer. --John J. Ames was arraigned before the Mayor yesterday to answer the charge of shooting at, with intent to kill, officer Adams, of the day police. Officers Adams, Crone, and Bilby, in passing along 17th street, near Franklin, heard the explosion of a pistol in the direction of Main street, and hastening down to ascertain the cause, saw the prisoner, pistol in hand, pass into Beckman's saloon. Adams fellowed on, and on getting to the door of the saloon, met the prisoner, who presented a pistol to his breast, with the remark, "Are you the scoundrel to arrest me." Adams seeing his danger, knocked down the hand containing the weapon, when the pistol exploded, the ball striking the pavement at the officer's feet. The prisoner was taken into custody, and the Mayor remanded him to answer the charge before a higher tribunal.
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