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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Speaker of Congress, the (search)
, for a few days only, and never beyond one session. The first rules for the House of Representatives, April 7, 1789, were reported by Elias Boudinot on behalf of his fellowcommitteemen, Nicholas Gilman, Benjamin Goodhue, Thomas Hartley, Richard Bland Lee, James Madison, Roger Sherman, William Smith, Thomas T. Tucker, and Jeremiah Wadsworth. Among the most important of them were those setting forth the speaker's relation to the committees, as follows: The speaker shall appoint committ number than are required to compose or complete the committee shall have an equal number of votes, the House shall proceed to a further ballot or ballots. The House Journal and the Annals of Congress are silent as to reasons advanced by Richard Bland Lee, who assisted in formulating the original rules, in moving this change, and also as to the vote on the subject. It was undeniably a thin House, as no less than fourteen out of its sixty-one members had not qualified. It would hardly see
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spottsylvania Court-house, battle of (search)
Spottsylvania Court-house, battle of Lee was evidently satisfied, at the close of the battle o a further contest with Grant on the ground he (Lee) had chosen, so he retired beyond intrenchmentslled trees and opposing troops—were in the way. Lee had anticipated Grant's moverent, and was pushiefore Warren came up. By the evening of the 8th Lee's whole force was intrenched on a ridge around r attack, and by Scene of Sedgwick's death. Lee in strengthening his position. There had been f his men perished in the flames. That night Lee's army occupied Spottsylvania Court-house, and . The main attack by the Nationals was against Lee's left centre, strongly intrenched on Laurel Hifor another battle. Grant determined to strike Lee's right centre where it appeared most vulnerabl, and Warren, on the right, had made attacks on Lee's wings, but were repulsed. At midnight Lee wiLee withdrew to his second line, and Hancock finally held the works he had captured in the morning, with
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stanton, Edwin McMasters 1814- (search)
ward saw this, and hence the order from the Secretary of War that kept an army well in hand, not so much to repel the attacks of an organized force, as to keep in subjection a people whose stones and clubs would have been as much to the purpose as Lee's armed brigades of disciplined men. I am pained to write, striving to do so with truth, that against other charges of injustice on the part of the great Secretary I can make no defence. With all his eminent ability, with all his earnest, honee war. To his indomitable will and iron nature we owe all that we accomplished in that direction. When he saw, after the battle of Gettysburg, that the Confederacy was sinking from sheer exhaustion, he crowded on men to stamp it out. He knew that Lee was leaving a highway of human bones to mark Grant's road from the Rapidan to Richmond; that we were having more killed than the Confederate generals had in command; he knew that Sherman's march on Atlanta was a succession of bloody defeats, and h