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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cabinet, President's (search)
John G. Carlisle March.6, 1893 Lyman J. Gage March 5, 1897 March 5, 1901 Secretaries of War. Henry Knox Sept. 12, 1789 Timothy Pickering Jan. 2, 1795 James McHenryJan. 27, 1796 Samuel Dexter May 13, 1800 Roger Griswold Feb. 3, 1801 Henry Dearborn March 5, 1801 William Eustis March 7, 1809 John Armstrong Jan. 13, 1813 James Monroe Sept.27, 1814 William H. Crawford Aug. 1, 1815 George Graham Ad interim John C. Calhoun Oct. 8, 1817 James Barbour March 7, 1825 Peter B. Porter May 26, 1828 John H. Eaton March 9, 1829 Lewis Cass Aug. 1, 1831 Joel R. Poinsett .March 7, 1837 John Bell March 5,1841 John C. Spencer Oct. 12, 1841 James M. Porter March 8, 1843 William Wilkins Feb. 15, 1844 William L. Marcy March 6, 1845 George W. Crawford March 8, 1841 Charles M. Conrad Aug.15, 1850 Jefferson Davis March 5, 1853 John B. Floyd March 6, 1857 Joseph Holt Jan. 18, 1861 Simon Cameron March 5, 1861 Edwin M. Stanton Jan. 15, 1862 Ulysses S. Grant, ad int
n and Maj. J. Hindman. He had also a small corps of cavalry, under Capt. S. D. Harris. These regulars were well disciplined and in high spirits. There were also volunteers from Pennsylvania and New York, 100 of them mounted, and nearly 600 Seneca Indians—almost the entire military force of the Six Nations remaining in the United States. These had been stirred to action by the venerable Red Jacket, the great Seneca orator. The volunteers and Indians were under the chief command of Gen. Peter B. Porter, then quartermastergeneral of the New York militia. Major McRee, of North Carolina, was chief-engineer, assisted by Maj. E. D. Wood. On the Canada shore, nearly opposite Buffalo, stood Fort Erie, then garrisoned by 170 men, under the command of Major Buck. On July 1 Brown received orders to cross the Niagara, capture Fort Erie, march on Chippewa, menace Fort George, and, if he could have the co-operation of Chauncey's fleet, to seize and fortify Burlington Heights. Accordingly, Bro
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Medals. (search)
Gold. Jan. 11, 1814Capt. James LawrenceCapture of the PeacockGold. Oct. 20, 1814Com. Thomas MacdonoughVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 20, 1814Capt. Robert HenleyVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 20, 1814Lieut. Stephen CassinVictory on Lake ChamplainGold. Oct. 21, 1814Capt. Lewis WarringtonCapture of the EpervierGold. Nov. 3, 1814Capt. Johnston Blakely (to the widow)Capture of the ReindeerGold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Jacob BrownVictory of Chippewa, etc.Gold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Peter B. PorterVictory of Chippewa, etc.Gold. Nov. 3, 1814Brig.-Gen. E. W. RipleyVictory of Chippewa, etc.Gold. Nov. 3, 1814Brig.-Gen. James MillerVictory of Chippewa, etc.Gold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Winfield ScottVictory of Chippewa, etc.Gold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Edmund P. GainesVictory of ErieGold. Nov. 3, 1814Maj.-Gen. Alexander MacombVictory of PlattsburgGold. Feb. 27, 1815Maj.-Gen. Andrew JacksonVictory of New OrleansGold. Feb. 22, 1816Capt. Charles StewartCapture of the Cyane and Le
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, State of (search)
moreOct. 19, 1770 to 1771 William TryonJuly 9, 1771 to 1777 State governors. Name.Party.When Elected.Opponents.Party. George Clinton 1777 1780 1783 1786 1789 Robert Yates. 1792 John Jay. John Jay 1795 Robert YatesDem.-Rep. 1798 Robert Livingston. George Clinton1801 Stephen Van Rensselaer. Morgan LewisDem.-Rep 1804 Aaton Burr. Daniel D. Tompkins 1807 Morgan Lewis. 1810 Jonas Platt. 1813 Stephen Van Rensselaer. 1816 Rufus King. John Taylor1817 De Witt Clinton 1817Peter B. Porter. 1820Daniel D. Tompkins. Joseph C. Yates1822Solomon Southwick. De Witt Clinton 1824Samuel Young. 1826William B. Rochester. Nathaniel Pitcher Martin Van BurenDemocrat.1828Smith Thompson. Solomon Southwick Anti-masonic. Enos T. ThroopDemocrat. 1829 1830 Francis Granger Anti-masonic. Ezekiel Williams William L. MarcyDemocrat.1832 Francis GrangerAnti-masonic. 1834 William H. SewardWhig. 1836 Jesse Buel. Isaac S. Smith. William H. SewardWhig1838 William L. MarcyDemocrat. 18
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Porter, Peter Buel 1773-1844 (search)
Porter, Peter Buel 1773-1844 Military officer; born in Salisbury, Conn., Aug. 4, 1773; studied law, and began practice at Canandaigua, N. Y., in 1795; was a member of Congress from 1809 to 1813, and again in 1815-16. He settled at Black Rock, near General Porter's medal. Buffalo, where he and his brothers made large purchases of land along the Niagara River. A leader of volunteers on the Niagara frontier, he became distinguished for his skill and bravery, and received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal. President Madison offered him the position Peter Buel, Porter. of commander-in-chief of the army in 1815, which he declined. He was secretary of state of New York (1815-16), and was Secretary of War, under President John Qe of New York (1815-16), and was Secretary of War, under President John Quincy Adams, in 1828. General Porter was one of the early projectors of the Erie Canal, and one of the first board of commissioners. He died at Niagara Falls, March 20, 1844.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Smyth, Alexander (search)
Smyth, Alexander Military officer; born on the island of Rathlin, Ireland, in 1765; removed to Virginia in 1775; admitted to the bar in 1789; became colonel of a rifle regiment in 1808. His failure to accomplish an invasion of Canada in the autumn of 1812, when he was in command of the American forces on the Niagara frontier, was openly attributed by Gen. Peter B. Porter, in command of the New York volunteers and militia on that frontier, to the cowardice of the former. Smyth, in his report to Dearborn, spoke disparagingly of Porter. A bitter quarrel ensued. The volunteers took the part of their beloved general, and for some time Smyth was in personal danger. He was fired at several times when he ventured from his marquee, and he was compelled to place a double guard around it, and to move it from place to place to avoid continual insults. At length Smyth challenged Porter—his second in command—to fight a duel. It was accepted. They both violated the articles of war in t