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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mohegan, or Mohican, Indians, (search)
ns. Of this family the Pequods, who inhabited eastern Connecticut, were the most powerful, and exercised authority over thirteen cantons on Long Island. They received the Dutch kindly, and gave them lands on which they erected Fort Orange, now Albany. They were then at war with the Mohawks, and when furiously attacked by the latter the Mohegans fled to the valley of the Connecticut, whither a part of the nation had gone before, and settled on the Thames. This portion was the Pequods (Pequod Indians). A part of them, led by Uncas, seceded, and these rebels aided the English in their war with the Pequods in 1637. The bulk of the nation finally returned to the Hudson, and kept up a communication with the French in Canada, who called them Loups (wolves), which is the meaning of Mohegan. When the English and French began their great struggle for the mastery in America (about 1690), the Hudson Mohegans made peace with the Mohawks and joined the English, but were soon reduced to 200 wa
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Morgan, Daniel 1736-1802 (search)
Morgan, Daniel 1736-1802 Military officer; born in Hunterdon county, N. J., in 1736; at the age of seventeen he was a wagoner in Braddock's army, and the next year he received 500 lashes for knocking down a British lieutenant who had insulted him. Daniel Morgan. That officer afterwards made a public apology. Morgan became an ensign in the militia in 1758; and while carrying despatches he was severely wounded by Indians, but escaped. After the French and Indian War he was a brawler and fighter and a dissipated gambler for a time; but he reformed, accumulated property, and commanded a company in Dunmore's expedition against the Indians in 1774. In less than a week after he heard of the affair at Lexington he had enrolled ninety-six men, the nucleus of his famous rifle-corps, and marched them to Boston. He accompanied Arnold in his march to Quebec in 1775, commanding three companies of riflemen, and in the siege of that city was made prisoner. As colonel of a rifle regiment,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mormons, (search)
d he, in turn, obeyed a centurion, or captain of 100. Discipline everywhere prevailed. They formed Tabernacle Camps, where a portion of them stopped to sow and reap, spin and weave, and perform necessary mechanical work. They had singing and dancing; they made short marches and encamped in military order every night; they forded swift-flowing streams and bridged the deeper floods. Many were swept away by miasmatic fevers; and when winter fell upon them in the vast plains, inhabited by Indians, they suffered much, though more kindly treated by the Indians than they had been by their own race. They made caves in the sand-hills; and in the spring of 1847 they marked out the site of a city upon a great prairie, on the bank of the Missouri River, where the Omahas dwelt. There more than 700 houses were built, a tabernacle was raised, mills and workshops were constructed, and a newspaper, The frontier guardian, was established. The city was called Kane, in honor of Colonel Kane (b
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Swamp fight, (search)
enabled to approach the fort on the frozen surface of the morass. As they approached they were met by a galling fire from the Indians, and many fell. The troops pressed on, forced the entrance, and engaged in a deadly struggle. The battle lasted two hours, when the colonists were victorious. The wigwams were set on fire and the events of the Pequod massacre were repeated. The stores were consumed, with old men, women, and children. Of the colonists, six were captured and 230 killed and wounded. In the midst of a snow-storm the colonists abandoned the scene that night (Dec. 19, 1675) and marched 15 miles. The troops engaged in the battle were composed of six companies of foot and one of cavalry from Massachusetts, under Major Appleton; two companies from Plymouth, commanded by Major Bradford; and 300 white men and 150 Mohegan and Pequod Indians, in five companies, from Connecticut, under Major Treat. The whole were commanded by Josiah Winslow, son of Edward Winslow, of Plymouth.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Swatane or Shikellimy, (search)
Swatane or Shikellimy, Oneida Indian chief; represented the Five Nations in their affairs with Pennsylvania in 1728, and was present at nearly every treaty made between the whites and Indians. Shortly before his death he was baptized by Moravian missionaries. He died in Shamokin, Pa., Dec. 17, 1748.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Talcott, John 1630-1688 (search)
Talcott, John 1630-1688 Military officer; born in Braintree, England, about 1630; came to the United States with his father, and settled in Boston, and later in Hartford, Conn.; was made ensign of colonial troops in 1650; became captain in 1660; elected a deputy of the colony of Connecticut; treasurer of the colony in 1660-76; and was one of the patentees named in the charter granted to Connecticut in 1662 by Charles I. He served in the Indian War of 1676 as major, and in June of that year, at the head of the standing army of Connecticut, accompanied by 200 Mohican and Pequod Indians, fought a successful battle at the Housatonic. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel during the war. Many of his official papers are preserved among the State records in Hartford. He died in Hartford, Conn., July 23, 1688.
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Margaret Smith's Journal (search)
e upon the state of affairs in the Colony, the late lamentable war with the Narragansett and Pequod Indians, together with the growth of heresy and schism in the churches, which latter he did not scruEnglish at that time, but he scarcely got civil treatment. My father says that many friendly Indians, by the ill conduct of the traders, have been made our worst enemies, said Rebecca. He thoughtnd whooping, he went out on the point of the rocks, and saw a great fleet of canoes filled with Indians, going back from Agawam, and the noise they made he took to be their rejoicing over their victopiece of Indian sorcery. There be strange stories told of Passaconaway, the chief of the River Indians, he continued. I have heard one say who saw it, that once, at the Patucket Falls, this chief, emed noteworthy. The company, consisting of the two commissioners, and two surveyors, and some Indians, as guides and hunters, started from Concord about the middle of July, and followed the river o
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Tales and Sketches (search)
es of maple and thick-shaded oaken vistas, stretching from river to river, carpeted with the flowers and grasses of spring, or ankle deep with leaves of autumn, through whose leafy canopy the sunlight melted in upon wild birds, shy deer, and red Indians. Long may these oaks remain to remind us that, if there be utility in the new, there was beauty in the old, leafy Puseyites of Nature, calling us back to the past, but, like their Oxford brethren, calling in vain; for neither in polemics nor inthese hard-featured saints of the New Canaan care for none of these things. The stout hearts which beat under their leathern doublets are proof against the sweet influences of Nature. They see only a great and howling wilderness, where be many Indians, but where fish may be taken, and where be meadows for ye subsistence of cattle, and which, on the whole, is a comfortable place to accommodate a company of God's people upon, who may, with God's blessing, do good in that place for both church a