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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Castine, capture of (search)
nsports, the latter bearing almost 4,000 troops, sailed from Halifax Aug. 26, 1814, under the command of Lieut.-Gen. Sir John Cope Sherbrooke, governor of Nova Scotia, assisted by Maj.-Gen. Gerard Gosselin. The fleet was in command of Rear-Admiral Edward Griffith. The destination of the armament was the Penobscot River, with a design to take possession of the country between that river and Passamaquoddy Bay. Sherbrooke intended to stop and take possession of Machias, but, learning that the iking on a rock on entering the bay. It was with difficulty that she was kept afloat until she reached Hampden, far up the river, to which she fled. The British immediately detached a land and naval force to seize or destroy her. Sherbrooke and Griffith issued a joint proclamation assuring the inhabitants of their intention to take possession of the country between the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Bay, and offering them protection on condition of their acquiescence. All persons taken in arms we
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Owen, Griffith 1684-1717 (search)
Owen, Griffith 1684-1717 Pioneer; born in Wales, where he was educated as a physician. In 1684 he induced William Penn to set apart 40,000 acres in Pennsylvania for a Welsh settlement, the land to be sold to Welsh-speaking persons only. Griffith and his family led the settlers to this tract of land, which he called Merion. He died in Philadelphia in 1717.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sherbrooke, Sir John Coape 1760-1830 (search)
Sherbrooke, Sir John Coape 1760-1830 Military officer; born in England, about 1760; became lieutenant-general in the British army in 1811. Early in July, 1814, Commodore Hardy sailed secretly from Halifax, with a considerable land and naval force, and captured Eastport, Me., without much opposition. This easy conquest encouraged the British to attempt the seizure of the whole region between Passamaquoddy Bay and the Penobscot River. A strong squadron, under Admiral Griffith, bearing about 4,000 troops, led by Sherbrooke, then governor of Nova Scotia, captured Castine, on Penobscot Bay, and also Belfast, and went up the Penobscot River to Hampden, a few miles below Bangor, to capture or destroy the American corvette John Adams, which, caught in that stream, had gone up so far to escape from the British. The militia, called to defend Hampden and the Adams, fled when the British approached, and the object of the latter was accomplished. Captain Morris, commander of the Adams,