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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, Lawrence 1718- (search)
Washington, Lawrence 1718- Half-brother of George Washington; born in 1718. His mother, who was the first wife of Augustine Washington, father of George, was Jane Butler. Lawrence received by his father's will the estate of Hunting Creek, on a bay and stream of that name, not far from Alexandria, and stretching for miles along the Potomac. He inherited the military spirit of his father, and engaged in an expedition against the Spaniards in South America, holding a captain's commission. He embarked for the West Indies in 1741, under General Wentworth. That officer and Admiral Vernon commanded a joint expedition against Carthagena, which resulted in disaster, not less than 20,000 British soldiers and seamen perishing, chiefly from a fatal sickness like yellow fever. It was in the midst of that terrible pestilence that the seeds of a fatal disease were planted in the system of Lawrence Washington, against which he struggled for years. During the campaign he had gained the co
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Weitzel, Godfrey 1835-1884 (search)
Weitzel, Godfrey 1835-1884 Military engineer; born in Cincinnati, O., Nov. 1, 1835; graduated at West Point in 1855. Early in the Civil War he was attached to the staff of General Butler in the Department of the Gulf, and became acting mayor of New Orleans after its capture. In August, 1862, he was made brigadier-general of volunteers, and did good service in Louisiana, commanding the advance of General Banks's army in operations there in 1863. He was at the capture of Port Hudson. In 1864 he commanded a division in the Army of the James, and was Butler's chief engineer at Bermuda Hundred. He was made commander of the 18th Army Corps, and was the leader of the land attack on Fort Fisher in December, 1864, in which he was second in command. Weitzel was made major-general of volunteers in November, 1864. During the spring of 1865 he was very active in operations against Richmond on the left bank of the James River, and led the troops that first entered Richmond after the flig
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, Thomas 1815- (search)
Williams, Thomas 1815- Military officer; born in New York in 1815; graduated at West Point in 1837; was assistant Professor of Mathematics there, and aide to General Scott from 1844 to 1850, behaving gallantly in the war with Mexico. He was made brigadier-general of volunteers in September, 1861; commanded for a time the forts at Hatteras, and accompanied Butler in the expedition to New Orleans. He was engaged in cutting the canal in front of Vicksburg, and was placed in command at Baton Rouge in August, 1862. General Van Dorn sent Gen. J. C. Breckinridge to seize the post. He expected to be aided by the ram Arkansas. He attacked the Nationals vigorously on the morning of Aug. 5. Williams had only about 2,500 men to oppose the assailants; Breckinridge had 5,000. The first blow struck fell upon Maine, Indiana, and Michigan troops, who were pushed back; when others from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, with two sections of a battery, hastened to their relief. The ba
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Winthrop, Theodore 1828- (search)
Winthrop, Theodore 1828- Military officer; born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 22, 1828; graduated at Yale College in 1848, and on his return from Europe, in 1851, became tutor to a son of William H. Aspinwall, of New York, whose counting-house he afterwards entered. In the employ of the Pacific Steamship Company, he resided in Panama two years, and visited California, Oregon, and Vancouver's Island. He was one of the sufferers in the expedition of Lieutenant Strain to explore the Isthmus of Darien, returning in impaired health in 1854. On the fall of Fort Sumter he joined the 7th N. Y. Regiment; went with it to Annapolis; became military secretary to General Butler at Fortress Monroe, with the rank of major, and was killed in battle at Great Bethel, Va., June 10, 1861.