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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Elliott, Jesse Duncan, 1782-1845 (search)
Elliott, Jesse Duncan, 1782-1845 Naval officer; born in Maryland, July 14, 1782; entered the United States navy as midshipman in Jesse Duncan Elliott. April, 1804; and rose to master, July 24, Jesse Duncan Elliott. April, 1804; and rose to master, July 24, 1813. He was with Barron in the Tripolitan War, and served on the Lakes with Chauncey and Perry in the War of 1812-15. He captured two British vessels, Detroit and Caledonia, at Fort Erie, for which in command of the Niagara in Perry's famous combat on Lake Erie, to which the Commodore The Elliott medal. went from the Lawrence during the action. He succeeded Perry in command on Lake Erie in October, 1813. Elliott was with Decatur in the Mediterranean in 1815, and was promoted to captain in March, 1818. He commanded the West India squadron (1829-32); took charge of the navy-yard at Cd in 1844 he was appointed to the command of the navy-yard at Philadelphia. For the part which Elliott took in the battle of Lake Erie Congress awarded him the thanks of the nation and a gold medal.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Erie, Fort, (search)
Erie, Fort, A small and weak fortification erected on a plain 12 or 15 feet above the waters of Lake Erie, at its foot. In the summer of 1812, Black Rock, 2 miles below Buffalo, was selected as a place for a dock-yard for fitting out naval vessels for Lake Erie. Lieut. Jesse D. Elliott, then only twenty-seven years of age. while on duty there, was informed of the arrival at Fort Erie, opposite, of two vessels from Detroit, both well manned and well armed and laden with valuable cargoes of peltry. They were the Caledonia, a vessel belonging to the Northwestern Fur Company, and the John Adams, taken at the surrender of Hull, with the name changed to Detroit. They arrived on the morning of Oct. 8 (1812), and Elliott at once conceived a plan for their capture. Timely aid offered. The same day a detachment of unarmed seamen arrived from New York. Elliott turned to the military for assistance. Lieutenant-Colonel Scott was then at Black Rock, and entered warmly into Elliott's pla
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Medals. (search)
800Capt. Thomas TruxtonAction with the Vengeance (French´╝ëGold. March 3, 1805Com. Edward PrebleTripoliGold. Jan. 29, 1813Capt. Isaac HullCapture of the GuerriereGold. Jan. 29, 1813Capt. Jacob JonesCapture of the FrolicGold. Jan. 29, 1813Capt. Stephen DecaturCapture of the MacedonianGold. March 3, 1813Capt. William BainbridgeCapture of the JavaGold. Jan. 6, 1814Lieut. Edward R. McCallCapture of the BoxerGold. Jan. 6, 1814Com. Oliver H. PerryVictory on Lake ErieGold. Jan. 6, 1814Capt. Jesse D. ElliottVictory on Lake ErieGold. Jan. 11, 1814Capt. James LawrenceCapture of the PeacockGold. Oct. 20, 1814Com. Thomas MacdonoughVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 20, 1814Capt. Robert HenleyVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 20, 1814Lieut. Stephen CassinVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 21, 1814Capt. Lewis WarringtonCapture of the EpervierGold. Nov. 3, 1814Capt. Johnston Blakely (to the widow)Capture of the ReindeerGold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Jacob BrownVictory of Chippewa, etc.G
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
at Clinton, Oneida county, established......1812 Detached militia of New York arranged by the War Department in two divisions and eight brigades......April 21, 1812 War declared against Great Britain by the United States......June 20, 1812 Stephen Van Rensselaer (the patroon), of Albany, commissioned major-general and assigned to the 1st Division, and Benjamin Mooers, of Plattsburg, to the 2d......1812 British attack Sackett's Harbor and are repulsed......July 29, 1812 Lieut. J. D. Elliott captures the Caledonia and Detroit, British vessels anchored near Fort Erie, opposite Buffalo......Oct. 8, 1812 [Congress votes Lieutenant Elliott a sword for this exploit.] Battle of Queenston, Upper Canada, and death of Sir Isaac Brock, governor of Upper Canada......Oct. 12-13, 1812 [The Americans, at first successful, are finally beaten.] Gen. James Clinton, Revolutionary soldier, father of De Witt Clinton, dies at Little Britain, Orange county......Dec. 22, 1812 Alb