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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Paulus's Hook, surprise of (search)
Paulus's Hook, surprise of In 1779 there was a British military work at Paulus's Hook (now Jersey City), garrisoned by 500 men, under Major Sutherland. A plan was formed for taking it by surprise, and its execution was intrusted to Maj. Henry Lee, then back of Bergen. With 300 picked men, followed by a strong detachment under Lord Stirling as a reserve, at 3.30 A. M. on Aug. 19, he passed the unguarded outer works and entered the main works undiscovered; for the garrison, feeling secure, had not barred the sallyport, and the sentinels were all absent or asleep. The surprise was most complete. He captured 159 of the garrison, including officers. The remainder retreated to a circular redoubt. It was too strong to be affected by small- Medal awarded to Henry Lee. arms, and Lee retreated, with his prisoners, back to camp. His loss was only two killed and three wounded. In September following Congress voted thanks and a gold medal to Lee for this exploit.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sutherland, Charles 1829-1895 (search)
Sutherland, Charles 1829-1895 Surgeon; born in Philadelphia, Pa., May 29, 1829; appointed assistant surgeon in the United States army in 1852; surgeon-general in 1890. He died in Washington, D. C., May 11, 1895.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Georgia, (search)
urteen guns and eighty men......June 21, 1742 Spanish squadron of thirty-six vessels enters St. Simon's harbor in spite of battery of fort and a few English ships, lands about 500 men within 4 miles of Frederica......July 5, 1742 English having abandoned Fort St. Simon, the Spanish occupy it; march against Frederica, and are driven back to an open marsh bordering on a forest, where they stack arms and are surprised and completely routed by a platoon and company of rangers under Lieutenants Sutherland and Mackay in a battle known as Bloody Marsh ......July 7, 1742 Rum act repealed in Georgia by order of House of Commons......July 14, 1742 Gen. Don Manuel de Montiano, alarmed by a decoy letter sent by Oglethorpe, with his fleet, fearful of being hemmed in by sea and land, hastens to sea......about July 20, 1742 Oglethorpe returns with detachment of Highlanders from a fruitless incursion into Florida......March 9, 1743 Magazine at Frederica blown up......March 22, 1743