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d in keeping guerrillas from the river, convoyed transports safely, and kept their vessels in good condition for service, namely, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George W. Brown, commanding Forest Rose; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant C. Downing, commanding Signal; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant J. S. Hurd, commanding Covington; Ensign Wm. C. Handford, commanding Robb; Acting Master J. C. Bunner, commanding New Era; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant J. V. Johnstone, commanding Romeo; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John Pierce, commanding Petrel; Acting Master W. E. Fentress, commanding Rattler; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant T. E. Smith, commanding Linden; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. C. Brennand, commanding Prairie Bird; Acting Volunteer Lieutenant J. Gandy, commanding Queen City. There are others who deserve commendation, but these seem to me the most prominent. The action of the fourth of July, at Helena, wherein the Tyler participated so largely, has already been reported to the Department. There
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 29: siege of Vicksburg--continued. (search)
e light draughts who have carried out my orders ders promptly, aided in keeping guerillas from the river, convoyed transports safely, and kept their vessels in good condition for service, viz: Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant George W. Brown, commanding Forest Rose; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant C. Dominey, commanding Signal; Acting-Volunteer Lieutenant J. H. Hurd, commanding Covington; Ensign Win. C. Hanford, commanding Robb; Acting-Master J. C. Bunner, commanding New Era; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant John Pierce, commanding Petrel; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant J. V. Johnstone, commanding Romeo; Acting-Master W. E. Fentress, commanding Rattler; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant T. E. Smith, commanding Linden; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant E. C. Brennan, commanding Prairie Bird; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant J. Goudy, commanding Queen City. There are others who deserve commendation, but these seem to be the most prominent. The action of the 4th of July, at Helena, wherein the Taylor participated so l
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
C. Dominey (1863); Acting-Ensign W. P. Lee (1864). Steamer Covington.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant.--* J. S. Hurd (1863); Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant George P. Lord (1864). Steamer Robb.--* Ensign W. C. Handford; Acting-Ensign Lloyd Thomas (1864). Steamer New Era.--* Acting-Master J. C. Brenner; Acting-Master John Marshall (1864). Steamer Romeo.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant J. V. Johnstone; Acting-Master Thomas Baldwin (1864). Steamer Petrel.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant * John Pierce; Acting-Master Thomas McElroy (1864). Steamer Linden.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant *T. E. Smith; Acting-Master T. M. Farrell (1864). Steamer Prairie Bird.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant *E. C. Brennard (1863); Acting-Ensign J. W. Chambers (1864). Steamer Queen City.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant * J. Goudy (1863); Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant G. W. Brown (1864). Steamer Sybil.--Lieutenant-Commander J. G. Mitchell (1865). Steamer Neosho.--Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Samuel Howar
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ads with rifled guns are too strong for our walls of stone, brick and mortar. Note.--As the Tennessee was the most powerful and remarkable vessel the Confederates ever built, the scientific reader may take some interest in the following description of her construction, from the report of a Board of Survey, ordered by Admiral Farragut, after the battle: Description of the Confederate iron-clad Tennessee. The vessel had been built at Mobile, Alabama, under the superintendence of Messrs. Pierce and Bassett, naval constructors, and Mr. Frick, chief engineer of the station. Hull. The hull of the vessel was very strongly built in every part, the materials being oak and yellow pine, with iron fastenings. Length from stem to stern on deck, 209 feet; greatest breadth of beam on deck, 48 feet; mean average draught of water about 14 feet. The deck was covered fore and aft with wroughtiron plates, two inches thick. The sides of the vessel were protected by an over-hang, sponso
Doc. 101.-expedition up the Black and Washita Rivers. Report of rear-admiral D. D. Porter. flag-ship Black Hawk, Mississippi Squadron, Red River, March 6, 1864. sir: I have the honor to report that I sent an expedition up the Black and Washita Rivers on the first instant, under command of Lieutenant Commander F. M. Ramsay. The following vessels composed the expedition: Ouachita, Lieutenant Commander Byron Wilson; Fort Hindman, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John Pierce; Osage, Acting Master Thomas Wright; Lexington, Lieutenant George M. Bache; Conestoga, Lieutenant Commander Thomas O. Selfridge; Cricket, Acting Master H. H. Gorringe. The expedition was perfectly successful. The rebels, about two thousand strong, under General Polignac, were driven from point to point, some extensive works captured, and three heavy thirty-two-pounders brought away. The works were destroyed. The enemy suffered severely from our guns, and the vessels brought away all the cotton they coul
es on its true basis. The plan of taxing the county, or the towns that use it, for the support of Medford Bridge, was productive of constant trouble to all concerned, and led to lingering lawsuits. It being the only bridge over Mystic River, it must be used by many travellers from Salem, Saugus, Andover, Reading, &c. Woburn was obliged by law to help support it, and they of that town constantly complained and objected. Woburn records, of Oct. 28, 1690, say: Serg. Mathew Johnson, Serg. John Pierce, chosen to meet the Court's Committee, and treat with them about Mistick Bridge. The same records, of May, 1691, say: The selectmen met with Malden men and Reading men to consult about defending ourselves at the County Court; being warned to appear there about Mistick Bridge. 1693: Woburn grew very emphatic, and said: Woburn was not concerned in the presentment of Mistick Bridge; neither would they do any thing in order to the repairing thereof, except by law they were forced there
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Telephone, the (search)
short speech, shouted into a similar telephone in Boston, 16 miles distant, is distinctly audible to an audience of 600 persons in Salem......Feb. 12, 1877 First-known telephone line connects the office of Charles Williams, electrician, in Boston, and his house in Somerville......April, 1877 First telephone exchange established in Boston, Mass......1877 One form of microphone invented by Edison......April 1, 1877 Experiments begun in Brown University by Prof. Eli W. Blake, Prof. John Pierce, and others, result in the construction by Dr. William F. Channing of the first portable telephone......April, 1877 Handle telephone, now generally in use, made by Dr. Channing and Edson S. Jones, at Providence, R. I......May, 1877 Glass-plate telephone invented by Henry W. Vaughan, State assayer, Providence, R. I.......June, 1877 Bell telephone patent expires......March 7, 1893 Statistics Miles of wire, 1,016,777; circuits, 422,620; stations, 632,946; intruments in use
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 4 (search)
mperance agitation was but beginning. When Allston, the painter, kept the records of the Hasty Pudding Club, in rhyme, he thus described the close of the annual dinner of that frugal body:--And each one to evince his spunk Vied with his neighbor to get drunk; Nor tedious was the mighty strife With these true-blooded blades of life, For less than hours two had gone When roaring mad was every one. Allston left college in 1800, forty years before my day; yet it was in my own time that the Rev. Dr. John Pierce recorded in his Diary that he had seen men intoxicated at · B K dinners — this society being composed only of the best scholars in each class — who were never seen in this condition at any other time. We boys used to watch the Harvard Washington Corps on its return from the dinner at Porter's, quite secure that some of our acquaintances would stagger out of the ranks and find lodgment in the gutter. The regular Class Day celebration was for the seniors to gather under Liberty Tre
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
ost adamantine opinions,--the kind of man who might have been shot in the doorway of his own chateau during the French Revolution. If it had come in his way, he would undoubtedly have seen Garrison executed, and would then have gone back to finish clearing his roses of snails and rose-beetles. The early history of the anti-slavery agitation cannot possibly be understood unless we comprehend this class of men who then ruled Boston opinion. I know of no book except the last two volumes of Pierce's Life of Charles Sumner which fully does justice to the way in which the anti-slavery movement drew a line of cleavage through all Boston society, leaving most of the more powerful or wealthy families on the conservative side. What finally determined me in the other direction was the immediate influence of two books, both by women. One of these was Miss Martineau's tract, The Martyr age in America, portraying the work of the Abolitionists with such force and eloquence that it seemed as i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
51, 52. Pericles, 112. period of the Newness, the, Perkins, C. C., 20, 66, 124. Perkins, H. C., 194. Perkins, S. G., 80, 81, 124. Perkins, S. H., 79, 80, 83, 84. Perkins, T. H., 80. Perry, Mrs., 315. Peter, Mrs., 17. Petrarca Francisco, 76. Philip of Macedon, 126, 131. Phillips & Sampson, 176. Phillips, W. A., 207. Phillips, Wendell, 53, 97, 121, 145, 148, 149, 150, 159, 240. 242, 243, 244, 297, 327, 328, 329, 333, 357. Pickering, Arthur, 85. Pierce, A. L., 125. Pierce, John, 45. Pike, Mr., 233. Pillsbury, Parker, 327. Pinckney, C. C., 13. Plato, 1010x, 158, 18&. Plunkett, Sergeant, 345. Plutarch, 5, 57, 171. Pollock, Sir, Frederick, 280, 281, 297. Pollock, Lady 280, 292. Pope, Alexander, I, 5. Pottawatomie Massacre, The, approved in Kansas, 207. Poverty, compensations of, 359. Pratt, Dexter, 12. Pratt, Rowena, 12. Precocity, perils of, 68. Preston, Colonel, 206. Prescott, W. H., 82. Prohibitory Laws, 120 Proudhon, P. J., 364.
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