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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Burlingame, Anson, 1820- (search)
4, by which he was elected to Congress the same year. Mr. Burlingame assisted in the formation of the Republican party in 1855-56; and he was regarded as one of the ablest debaters in Congress on that side of the House. Severely criticising Preston S. Brooks for his attack upon Charles Sumner (q. v.), the South Carolinian challenged him to fight a duel. He promptly accepted the challenge, proposed rifles as the weapons, and Navy Island, just above Niagara Falls, as the place of conflict. Brooks declined to go there, and the matter was dropped. In March, 1861, President Lincoln appointed Mr. Burlingame minister to Austria. He having spoken in favor of Hungarian independence, the Austrian government refused to receive him, and he was sent as ambassador to China. There he carried forward important negotiations; and when, in 1867, he announced to the Chinese government his intention of returning home, Prince Kung, the regent of the empire, offered to appoint him special ambassador t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chapultepec, battle of (search)
art and 12 or 15 feet high. The works were thoroughly armed, and the garrison, among whom were some expert French gunners, was commanded by General Bravo. The whole hill was spotted with forts and outworks. To carry this strong post with the least loss of men, Scott determined to batter it with heavy cannon. Accordingly, on the night of Sept. 11. four batteries of heavy cannon were erected on a hill between Tucabaya and Chapultepec, commanded respectively by Captains Drew, Haynes. and Brooks, and Lieutenant Stone. They were placed in position by the engineer officers Huger and Lee (the latter afterwards commander-in-chief of the Confederate army). On the morning of the 12th these batteries opened fire, every ball crashing through the castle, and every shell tearing up the ramparts. The .fire of the Mexicans was not less severe, and this duel of great guns was kept up all day. The next morning (13th) troops moved to assail the works, at their weakest point, in two columns, on
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sumner, Charles 1811- (search)
and 20, 1856 (see page 460). Some passages in it greatly incensed the members of Congress from South Carolina, and one of them, Preston S. Brooks (q. v.), assaulted Senator Sumner while he was writing at his desk in the Senate chamber on May 26. Brooks approached Sumner with a gutta-percha cane and dealt him such a blow on the head that he fell insensible upon the floor. From this blow he never fully recovered. Brooks was Charles Sumner. rewarded for this act by his constituents with the prBrooks was Charles Sumner. rewarded for this act by his constituents with the present of a gold-headed cane and a re-election to Congress. In the Senate in January, 1862, Senator Sumner argued that the seizure of Mason and Slidell was unjustifiable, according to the principles of international law. His voice was heard frequently during the war in defence of the national policy, and in 1865 he pronounced a eulogy on President Lincoln. In April, 1869, his speech on American claims on England caused great excitement and indignation in Great Britain, where it was supposed t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
rolina, because of his speech, The crime against Kansas ......May 22, 1856 House committee recommends the expulsion of Brooks and censure of Keitt, but the resolution fails, 121 to 95 (twothirds required); Brooks and Keitt resign......June 2, 1856Brooks and Keitt resign......June 2, 1856 Democratic National Convention meets at Cincinnati, I.......June 3, 1856 [James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania, nominated for President on the seventeenth ballot, and John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, for Vice-President. Franklin Pierce and Steprt.] Grand jury at Washington indicts Preston S. Brooks for assault and battery upon Charles Sumner, June 22; on trial Brooks admits the facts, and is fined $300......July 8, 1856 Preston S. Brooks challenges to a duel Anson Burlingame, member , on July 26, at noon, when differences between them can be adjusted. Burlingame leaves Washington for the rendezvous; Brooks declines to pursue the matter further......July 21, 1856 Preston S. Brooks and L. M. Keitt are returned to Congress fr