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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Prescott, Richard 1725-1788 (search)
Prescott, Richard 1725-1788 Military officer; born in Lancashire, England, in 1725; was sent to Canada in 1773 as brevet-colonel of the 7th Foot. On the capture of Montreal, late in 1775, Prescott, who had the local rank of brigadier-general, Prescott, who had the local rank of brigadier-general, attempted to escape to Quebec with the British troops, but was compelled to surrender. He was exchanged the following September for General Sullivan, and was soon afterwards made colonel of his regiment. On the capture of Rhode Island, late in 1776ssigned a special duty. Misleading the sentinel at the gate of the house, belonging to Samuel Overton, Barton entered. Prescott was sleeping in an upper room. Ascending to it, Prescott's headquarters. the negro burst in a panel of the door, throPrescott's headquarters. the negro burst in a panel of the door, through which Barton entered, seized the general, bade him be perfectly silent, and, hurrying him to one of the boats, thrust him in, and there allowed him to dress. He was taken to Warwick Point, and from thence he was sent to Washington's headquarters
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
General Howe evacuate New Jersey, crossing to Staten IslandJune 30, 1777 British under Burgoyne appear before Ticonderoga July 1, 1777 American garrison withdraw from New York July 6, 1777 Battle of Hubbardton, Vt July 7, 1777 British Gen. Richard Prescott surprised and captured near Newport by Lieutenant-Colonel Barton July 10, 1777 Miss Jane McCrea captured by Indians in British employ at Fort Edward, N. Y., and shot and scalpedJuly 27, 1777 On the approach of Burgoyne General Schuyler sition at Whitemarsh, but does not attack Dec. 4, 1777 Howe hurriedly returns to Philadelphia. Dec. 8, 1777 American army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, on the Schuylkill Dec. 18, 1777 Gen. Charles Lee released in exchange for General Prescott Dec., 1777 Battle of the Kegs Jan. 5, 1778 Louis XVI. acknowledges the independence of the colonies, and signs a treaty of alliance and commerceFeb. 6, 1778 Baron Steuben joins the camp at Valley Forge Feb., 1778 Bill introduced by Lord
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sullivan, John 1740-1795 (search)
siege of Boston. After the evacuation in March, 1776, he was sent with troops to reinforce the army in Canada, of which he took command on the death of General Thomas, June 2, 1776, and soon General Sullivan's home. afterwards exhibited great skill in effecting a retreat from that province. On the arrival of Gates to succeed Sullivan, the latter joined the army under Washington at New York, and at the battle of Long Island, in August, he was made prisoner. He was soon exchanged for General Prescott, and, joining Washington in Westchester county, accompanied him in his retreat across New Jersey. On the capture of Lee, he took command of the troops under that officer, and performed good service at Trenton and Princeton. In August, 1777, he made an unsuccessful attack on the British on Staten Island, and then joining Washington, commanded the right wing in the battle of Brandywine. He skilfully led in the battle of Germantown, and would have driven the British from Rhode Island, o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rhode Island, (search)
idence Plantations ......July, 1776 William Ellery and Stephen Hopkins, representing Rhode Island, sign the Declaration of Independence......1776 Eight thousand British troops land and take possession of Rhode Island......Nov. 28, 1776 Gen. John Sullivan, appointed by Washington to succeed Gen. Joseph Spencer in command in Rhode Island, arrives at Providence......April 17, 1777 Col. William Barton, of Providence, with forty men, guided by a negro, Quako Honeyman, captures Gen. Richard Prescott at his quarters, about 5 miles from Newport......July 10, 1777 [Prescott is afterwards (May, 1778) exchanged for Gen. Charles Lee, captured by the British in New Jersey, December, 1776.] Articles of Confederation adopted by Rhode Island......Feb. 9, 1778 British destroy seventy flat-bottomed boats and property on the Kickemuit River, and burn the church and a number of houses at Warren......May 25, 1778 William Ellery, Henry Marchant, and John Collins sign the Articles of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), War of 1812, (search)
he sinuous channels of the Thousand Islands. The same evening the belligerents had a fight by moonlight in Alexandria Bay, and land troops from Kingston reached Prescott, opposite Ogdensburg, at the same time. Wilkinson disembarked his army just above Ogdensburg, and marched to some distance below to avoid the batteries at Prescott. Brown, meanwhile, successfully took the flotilla past Prescott on the night of the 6th, and the forces were reunited 4 miles below Ogdensburg. There Wilkinson was informed that the Canada shores of the St. Lawrence were lined with posts of musketry and artillery to dispute the passage of the flotilla. To meet this emerge, and was answered in the affirmative. General Brown at once crossed the river with his brigade. Meanwhile a large reinforcement had come down from Kingston to Prescott, and were marching rapidly forward to meet the American invaders. A severe engagement ensued at Chrysler's Field, a few miles below Williamsburg (Nov. 11, 1813)
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Warren, Joseph 1741- (search)
of a council of war and the committee of safety decided to fortify Bunker Hill, he resolved to take part in the enterprise. I beg you not to expose your person, Dr. Warren, said Elbridge Gerry, for your life is too valuable to us. I know that I may fall, replied Warren, but where's the man who does not think it glorious and delightful to die for his country? Just before the battle began he went to the redoubt on Breed's Hill with a musket in his hand, and was offered the command by Colonel Prescott and General Putnam, but declined, and fought as a volunteer in the ranks. He was one of the last to leave the redoubt. As he moved away towards Bunker Hill an officer of the British army who knew him called out to him by name to surrender, at the same time commanding his men to cease firing. As Warren turned, attracted by the voice, a bullet penetrated his brain and he fell dead. The Continental Congress voted him a monument, and resolved to educate his infant son at the public Wa
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), William and Mary, Fort (search)
as buried a store of powder, which, carted down to Charlestown, saved the wearied battalions of Prescott and Stark from capture or annihilation. Sullivan was born at Somerworth, New Hampshire, in 1re was a terrible lack of ammunition. It is a fact, says Bancroft, referring to the day before Prescott occupied Breed's Hill, that the Americans, after collecting all the ammunition north of the Delels more. When, as the British were forming for a decisive charge on his hotly defended works, Prescott discovered that he had barely one round of ammunition among his men, and gave the order to retrn a few moments of the fusileers' charge, Stark was no better equipped with ammunition than was Prescott. But an ample supply of powder arrived in the nick of time. It had been brought over from Dur, and it was a part of the store that had been buried under Parson Adams's pulpit. Failing it, Prescott might on that day have shared the martyrdom of Warren, and Molly Stark might indeed have been a