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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, D. C. (search)
ngs, was 352 feet. The construction of the central building was begun in 1818, and completed in 1827, at a cost of $958,000. The wings were rebuilt, and were ready for occupancy, and were first occupied by the two Houses of Congress, Dec. 6, 1819. The whole edifice covered the space of an acre and a half, exclusive of the circular enclosure for fuel, which forms an elegant area and glacis on the western front. An enlargement of the Capitol was begun in 1851, when the grand master mason (B. B. French) used the apron and trowel, in laying the corner-stone of the enlargement, made use of by Washington in 1793. The corner-stone was then laid by President Fillmore. The extension, made at each end of the old Capitol, was finished in 1867. The old building now forms its centre, with a grand portico composed of twenty-four Corinthian columns. The entire length of the Capitol is now 751 feet, and the greatest depth, including porticos and steps, 348 feet. From the centre rises a cast-iron
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), West Indies, (search)
andsBritish, Danish, Spanish. AnguillaBritish. St. Christopher (St. Kitt's)British. St. MartinFrench, Dutch. St. BartholomewFrench. SabaDutch. St. EustatiusDutch. NevisBritish. BarbudaBritish French. SabaDutch. St. EustatiusDutch. NevisBritish. BarbudaBritish AntiguaBritish MontserretBritish GuadeloupeFrench. Marie-GalanteFrench DominicaBritish. Windward Isles. MartiniqueFrench. St. LuciaBritish. St. VincentBritish. GrenadaBritish. BarbadoesBritFrench. Marie-GalanteFrench DominicaBritish. Windward Isles. MartiniqueFrench. St. LuciaBritish. St. VincentBritish. GrenadaBritish. BarbadoesBritish. TobagoBritish. TrinidadBritish. OrubaDutch. CuracoaDutch. Buen AyreDutch. Aves (Bird) IslandsVenezuela. Los Roques Orchilla Blanquella See Cuba; Porto Rico.French DominicaBritish. Windward Isles. MartiniqueFrench. St. LuciaBritish. St. VincentBritish. GrenadaBritish. BarbadoesBritish. TobagoBritish. TrinidadBritish. OrubaDutch. CuracoaDutch. Buen AyreDutch. Aves (Bird) IslandsVenezuela. Los Roques Orchilla Blanquella See Cuba; Porto Rico.French. St. LuciaBritish. St. VincentBritish. GrenadaBritish. BarbadoesBritish. TobagoBritish. TrinidadBritish. OrubaDutch. CuracoaDutch. Buen AyreDutch. Aves (Bird) IslandsVenezuela. Los Roques Orchilla Blanquella See Cuba; Porto Rico.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), White, John 1575-1648 (search)
the author of New England's lamentation for the decay of godliness, and a Funeral sermon on John wise. He died in Gloucester, Mass., Jan. 17, 1760. Jurist; born in Kentucky in 1805; received an academic education; admitted to the bar and began practice in Richmond, Ky.; member of Congress in 1835-45 and was speaker in 1841-43; and was appointed judge of the 19th District of Kentucky in March, 1845. He died in Richmond, Ky., Sept. 22, 1845. Military officer; born in England; was a surgeon in the British army; settled in Philadelphia, and after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War joined the Continental army as captain; and became colonel of the 4th Georgia Battalion. It is reported that at the siege of Savannah he captured by strategy Captain French and 111 regulars about 25 miles from Savannah on the Ogeechee River, and also forty sailors, and 130 stands of arms. He was wounded during the attack on Spring Hill, Oct. 9, 1779. It is supposed he died in Virginia in 1780.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, Catherine R. 1787-1872 (search)
Williams, Catherine R. 1787-1872 Author; born in Providence, R. I., presumably in 1787; married Mr. Williams in 1818. Her publications include Old Fort Frederick at Pemmaquid. Tales, National and Revolutionary; Fall River, an authentic narrative; Biography of Revolutionary heroes; Neutral French, or the exiles of Nova Scotia; Annals of the aristocracy of Rhode Island, etc. She died in Providence, R. I., Oct. 11, 1872.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wrecks. (search)
y the Vesta, 40 miles off Cape Race, Newfoundland, in a fog, and sinks; over 350 lives lost......Sept. 27, 1854 Collins line steamer Pacific leaves Liverpool for New York with 240 persons on board and is never heard from......Sept. 23, 1856 French steamer Le Lyonnais sunk off Nantucket by collision with the bark Adriatic; 260 lives lost......Nov. 2, 1856 Steamship Tempest, Anchor line, 150 persons on board, never heard from after leaving port......Feb. 26, 1857 Steamship Louisiana, f lost......Aug. 30, 1872 Steamer Missouri, from New York to Havana, burned at sea; thirty-two lives lost......Oct. 22, 1872 White Star steamer Atlantic strikes on Marr's Rock, off Nova Scotia; 547 lives lost out of 976......April 1, 1873 French steamer Ville du Havre, from New York to Havre, sunk in sixteen minutes in mid-ocean by collision with ship Loch Earn; 230 lives lost out of 313......Nov. 23, 1873 American steamer City of Waco burned off Galveston bar; fifty-three lives lost.
General Sumner's men would be engaged, and would have caused the enemy to weaken his forces in front of General Sumner, and I therefore hoped to break through their lines at this point. It subsequently appeared that this attack had not been made at the time General Sumner moved, and, when it was finally made, proved to be in such small force as to have had no permanent effect upon the enemy's line. General Sumner's order directed the troops of General Combs' corps to commence the attack: French's division led, supported by Hancock, and finally by Howard. Two divisions of Wilcox's corps (Sturgis' and Getty's) participated in the attack. Never did men fight more persistently than this brave, grand division of General Sumner. The officers and men seemed to be inspired with the lofty courage and determined spirit of their noble commander; but the position was too strong for them. I beg to refer to the report of General Sumner for a more extended account of the working of his comman
of Oregon, the address was unanimously adopted, and its universal publication asked. The Committee on Nominations made their report, which, on motion of Mrs. Hatch, of Washington, D. C., was unanimously adopted, and the officers elected as follows: Officers: the Executive Committee. President--Mrs. General James Taylor. Vice-President--Mrs. Stephen A. Douglas. Recording Secertaries--Miss Rebecca Gillis, Miss Virginia Smith. Corresponding Secretaries--Mrs. M. Morris, Mrs. B. B. French, Mrs. S. Bowen, Mrs. H. C. Ingersoll, Mrs. Z. C. Robbins, Mrs. Professor Henry, Mrs. Chittenden, Mrs. Captain Kidden, Miss Williams, Miss Matilda Bates. Address to the Women of America: In the capital of our country we have this day organized a central society for the suppression of extravagance, the diminution of foreign imports and the practice of economy in all our social relations. To this society we have given the name of The ladies' National Covenant. Its object is a goo
guns, from a fort to the left of the town, enfiladed the lines, it was determined to add to the depth of the pits and throw up traverses. So determined had been the charge of the rebel line to retake their works, that one fell with his head actually hanging over the edge of the ditch. In deepening them the dirt thrown up buried him, save his feet, and to-day his shoes may be seen sticking from the breast-works, in attempting to storm which he became a part. About ten o'clock at night French's rebel division stole stealthily towards our line, and advancing by column, attempted to turn our left. A fresh brigade from the heights was hurried across the rolling ground below, and succeeded after a desperate conflict in driving the enemy back. The struggle seen from the hills was grand beyond description. Lifted above a line of battle the musketry seems like hammers, and the sea of sparks that fall from the flame as it leaps from the muzzle like so many sparks from an anvil. To
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 19. the siege of Suffolk, Virginia. (search)
k, with about nine thousand men, to repel the advance of Generals Pettigrew and French from the Blackwater, with fifteen thousand men. No artificial defences were ities at ten thousand, with a pontoon train, under the immediate command of General French. About noon our batteries, under direction of General Getty, below the mouapproach of riflemen. Under his orders the enemy was signally punished. General French's engineer was taken prisoner by Lieutenant Cushing's pickets. He was layiters as Lieutenant-Generals Hill, Hood and Anderson, and Major-Generals Picket, French and Garnett, &c. The Petersburg Express of the fifteenth of April reflected the on the fifteenth, under orders. Not less than twelve thousand came under Hill, French, and others. General Foster's estimates were very high, and I have not adoptedlways. Among the division commanders were Lieutenant-Generals Hill and Hood, French, Picket, &c. Major-General Anderson was not present, although so reported often
Suffolk. He followed soon after with the remainder of his command. The rebel force in North Carolina was estimated by General Foster as very large, and in my judgment far above the real numbers. If his estimate was correct, there must have been with Longstreet, after the concentration, more than fifty thousand men. Probably forty thousand is a safe estimate; and he had associated with him such able West Pointers as Lieutenant-Generals Hill, Hood and Anderson, and Major-Generals Picket, French and Garnett, &c. The Petersburg Express of the fifteenth of April reflected the Confederate expectations in regard to Longstreet's army, in the following: Our people are buoyant and hopeful, as they ought to be. We have in that direction as gallant an army as was ever mustered under any sun, and commanded by an officer who has won laurels in every engagement, from the first Manassas to that at Fredericksburg. Such an army, commanded by such an officer as Longstreet, may be defeated; b
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