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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Borgne, Lake, battle on. (search)
ament in the Gulf. He immediately sent Lieut. Thomas Ap Catesby Jones with five gunboats,. a tender, and a despatch-boat, to watch for the enemy. Jones sent Lieutenant McKeever with two gunboats to the entrance of Mobilfleet appeared near the entrance to Lake Borgne, and Jones hastened with his flotilla towards Pass Christian, westroy the American vessels. Perceiving his danger, Jones, in obedience to orders, proceeded with his flotilla and he anchored at two in the morning of the 14th. Jones's fla-ship was a little schooner of 80 tons. The toBritish barges, containing 1,200 men, bore down upon Jones's little squadron. They had six oars on each side, and formed in a long, straight line. Jones reserved his fire until the invaders were within close ritle range.ngagement became general and desperate. At one time Jones's schooner was attacked by fifteen barges. The Britand thirty-five wounded. Among the latter were Lieutenants Jones, McKeever, Parker, and Speddon. The British c
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby 1789-1858 (search)
Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby 1789-1858 Naval officer; born in Virginia, in 1789; entered the navy in 1805. From 1808 to 1812 he was engaged in the Gulf of Mexico in the suppression of piracy, smuggling, and the slave-trade. He fought the British flotilla on Lake Borgne late in 1814, when he was wounded and made captive. He commanded the Pacific squadron in 1842. He died in Georgetown, D. C., May 30, 1858.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louisiana, (search)
oats, sent out towards Mobile Bay to catch intelligence of the coming armament, discovered the great fleet Dec. 10, and hastened to report the fact to Lieut. Thomas Ap Catesby Jones, in command of a small flotilla at the entrance of Lake Borgne, to prevent the British from landing troops. Jones's flotilla was encountered by the BJones's flotilla was encountered by the British (much to their astonishment) on the 13th. The British fleet was under the command of Admiral Cochrane, and many of the troops were those which had been engaged in the invasion of Maryland. It would not do to attempt to land troops while the waters of the lake were patrolled by American gunboats, and so Cochrane sent sixty barges, nearly all carrying a carronade in the bow, and with six oars on each side, and all well filled with armed volunteers from the fleet, to capture or destroy Jones's flotilla. The latter was composed of an armed sloop (the flag-ship), a tender, and five gunboats, with an aggregate of twenty-three guns and 182 men. The Britis
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), California (search)
Secularization accomplished......1834 Los Angeles made a city—capital of California......May 23, 1835 After various attempts at negotiation with the authorities, the warnings of 1822 not being heeded, Russians at Ross, Bodega, and other points on the coast, sell their rights to Col. John A. Sutter for $30,000, and leave the country......January, 1842 Placer gold discovered on the San Francisco rancho, formerly belonging to the San Fernando mission......March, 1842 Com. Thomas Ap Catesby Jones, with the United States Pacific Squadron of five vessels, believing war to exist with Mexico, enters Monterey Harbor, seizes the fort, and declares California a territory of the United States, Oct. 20, 1842; learning next day that there is no war, he restores the territory......Oct. 21, 1842 Col. J. C. Fremont, with exploring expedition, reaches Sutter's Fort......March 8, 1844 About fifty Californians, under Manuel Castro, Jesus Pico, and others, seize arms and munitions st
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louisiana, (search)
er Sir William H. Percy invite them to hostility against the United States; Lafitte refuses......Aug. 30, 1814 Citizens of New Orleans and vicinity meet, pass resolutions of loyalty, and address the people......Sept. 15, 1814 Flotilla sails from New Orleans against the pirates, who prepare to resist, but abandon nine ships to the Americans......Sept. 18, 1814 General Jackson arrives at New Orleans......Dec. 2, 1814 British threaten New Orleans and capture gunboats under Lieut. Thos. A. C. Jones......Dec. 14, 1814 Battle at Villereas plantation, 12 miles from New Orleans; the English advance repulsed by General Jackson......Dec. 23, 1814 Battle at Chalmette's plantation; British repulsed......Dec. 28, 1814 Battle at Rodriguez Canal......Jan. 1, 1815 Battle of New Orleans....Jan. 8, 1815 Unsuccessful attack on Fort St. Philip by the British......Jan. 9-18, 1815 British General Lambert abandons expedition against New Orleans......Jan. 19, 1815 General Jackso