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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Charleston, S. C. (search)
ed. Three days afterwards the British all departed for New York; and the fort, so gallantly defended, was called Fort Moultrie in honor of its commander. Sir Henry Clinton sailed from New York on Christmas Day, 1779, for the purpose of invading South Carolina. He took with him the main body of his army, leaving General Knyphausen in command in New York. The troops were borne by a British fleet, commanded by Admiral Arbuthnot, who had 2,000 marines. They encountered heavy storms off Cape Hatteras, which scattered the fleet. One vessel, laden with heavy battery-cannon, went to the bottom. Another, bearing Hessian troops, was driven across the Atlantic, and dashed on the shore of England. The troops landed on islands below Charleston, and it was late in February before the scattered British forces appeared on St. John's Island, in sight of the wealthy city, containing a population of 15.000 inhabitants, white and black. The city was then defended by less than 2,000 effective t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
e exchanged until General Butler should be punished.—24. Heavy skirmish at Dumfries, Va., when the Confederates were repulsed.—27. A company of Union cavalry were surprised and captured at Occoquan, Va.—31. the Monitor sunk at sea south of Cape Hatteras. 1863.—Jan. 1. General Sullivan fought Forrest near Lexington, Tenn. Emancipation jubilee of the negroes at Hilton Head, S. C.—2. Gold at New York, 133 1/4 @ 133 7/8.—3. Department of the East created, and General Wool assigned to its come killed and six wounded. the Milwaukee, having sunk in shallow water, kept up her firing. —30. The amount of cotton taken at Savannah reported at 38,500 bales, of which 6,000 bales were Sea Island.—31. The transport General Lyon burned off Cape Hatteras, and about 500 soldiers perished. —April 1. Newbern, N. C., fired in several places by incendiaries; little harm done. Fort Lafayette. Fort Lafayette was built in the narrow strait between long Island and Staten Island, known a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Crosby, Peirce (search)
Crosby, Peirce Naval officer; born near Chester, Pa., Jan. 16, 1823; entered the navy as midshipman in 1844; was engaged in the war with Mexico; and was very active as commander on the coast of North Carolina during portions of the Civil War. He was specially brave and skilful in the capture of the forts at Cape Hatteras, at the passage of the forts on the lower Mississippi in the spring of 1862, and at Vicksburg in June and July the same year. He was in command of the Metacomet during the operations which led to the capture of Mobile in 1865. In 1882 he was promoted to rearadmiral, and in the following year was retired. He died near Washington, D. C., June 15, 1899.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dismal Swamp, (search)
ilt with the assistance of the national government and the State of Virginia at a cost of $1,800,000. Originally it was 32 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Subsequently the width was increased to 40 feet and the depth to 6 feet, and the decaying wooden locks were replaced with stone ones. This canal was for many years the principal means of communication between the North and the South, and was a very profitable venture. After the Civil War its usefulness departed. Early in 1899, the canal, as entirely reconstructed, was reopened to navigation. It now extends from the village of Deep Creek, Va., to South Mills, N. C., a distance of 22 miles. The present canal is one of the most important links in the chain of inland waterways along the coast from New York to Florida, and, as the dangers of Cape Hatteras are avoided by it, it has a large value both in peace and war. Thomas Moore the poet, while at Norfolk, put into verse an Indian legend, under the title of The Lake of the Dismal Swamp.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
ia Island, which the Confederates had seized, and drove the Confederates from Fernandina. Other posts were speedily abandoned, and a flotilla of gunboats, under Lieut. T. H. Stevens, went up the St. John's River, and captured Jacksonville, March 11. St. Augustine was taken possession of about the same time by Commander C. R. P. Rogers, and the alarmed Confederates abandoned Pensacola and the fortifications opposite Fort Pickens. Before the middle of April the whole Atlantic coast from Cape Hatteras to Perdido Bay, west of Fort Pickens (excepting Charleston and its vicinity), had been abandoned by the Confederates. See United States, Florida, vol. IX. Territorial governors. NameTerm. Andrew Jackson1821 to 1822 William P. Duval1822 to 1834 John H. Eaton1834 to 1836 Richard K. Call1836 to 1839 Robert R. Reid1839 to 1841 Richard K. Call1841 to 1844 John Branch1844 to 1845 State governors. NameTerm. William D. Moseley1845 to 1849 Thomas Brown1849 to 1853 James E. Bro
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Greene, Samuel Dana 1839-1884 (search)
Greene, Samuel Dana 1839-1884 Naval officer; born in Cumberland, Md., Feb. 11, 1839; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1859. When the Civil War broke out he was assigned to the ironclad Monitor, and during her action with the Merrimac he directed every shot that was fired, until he took command in place of Lieutenant Worden, who had been wounded. He served on the Monitor till she sank near Cape Hatteras. He was promoted commander in 1872. He died in Portsmouth Navy-yard, N. H., Dec. 11, 1884.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Carolina, State of (search)
ederates of those two commonwealths. Satisfied that there was a prevailing Union sentiment in eastern North Carolina, Colonel Hawkins, who had been left to garrison the Hatteras forts, issued a proclamation to the people of that portion of the State, assuring them that the National troops made war only on the enemies of the government, and had come to support the loyal people in upholding the law and the Constitution. A response to this was a convention of the people in the vicinity of Cape Hatteras, Oct. 12, 1861, who professed to be loyal. By resolutions the convention offered the loyalty of its members to the national government. A committee drew up and reported a list of grievances; also a declaration of independence of Confederate rule. A more important convention was held at Hatteras on Nov. 18, in which representatives from forty-five of the counties of North Carolina appeared. That body assumed the functions of a State government, and by a strongly worded ordinance provi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Port Royal Sound, expedition to (search)
Port Royal Sound, expedition to On the morning of Oct. 29, 1861, a land and naval armament left Hampton Roads for a destination known only to the officers. It was composed of fifty ships-ofwar and transports, commanded by Admiral S. F. Dupont, and 15,000 troops under Gen. T. W. Sherman. Dupont's flag-ship Wabash led the way out to sea, and each ship sailed under sealed orders, to be opened in case of the dispersion of the fleet. Off Cape Hatteras the fleet was so terribly smitten by a tempest that very soon only one vessel could be seen from the deck of the flag-ship. The sealed Map showing the position of Port Royal. orders were opened, and each commander was ordered to rendezvous at Port Royal Sound, on the coast of South Carolina. There all but four transports that were lost were gathered on the evening of Nov. 4. No human life on the perished transports had been lost. The entrance to the sound, between Hilton Head and Phillip's Island, was guarded by the Confederat
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Trenchard, Stephen Decatur 1818-1883 (search)
Trenchard, Stephen Decatur 1818-1883 Naval officer; born in Brooklyn, N. Y., July 10, 1818; entered the navy in 1834; promoted lieutenant in 1847; rescued the British bark Adieu off Gloucester, Mass., while on coast-survey duty in 1853-57; served with distinction during the Civil War; commanded the Rhode Island when that vessel endeavored to tow the Monitor from Hampton Roads to Beaufort, N. C. The latter vessel foundered off Cape Hatteras, but Lieutenant Trenchard succeeded in saving the crew; promoted rear-admiral in 1875; retired in 1880. He died in New York City, Nov. 15, 1883.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
nemy of mankind, directing that if captured he be hanged immediately without trial, and all his commissioned officers or others serving with armed slaves, if captured, be reserved for execution......Dec. 23, 1862 Thirty-eight Indians hanged at Mankato, Minn., for participation in the massacres......Dec. 26, 1862 Gen. W. T. Sherman, aided by Admiral Porter, assaults Vicksburg on the north sacres......Dec. 26, 1862 [Known as the battle of Chickasaw Bayou. ] Monitor founders off Cape Hatteras in a storm, with a loss of sixteen of her crew, night of......Dec. 30, 1862 Act admitting West Virginia, to date from June 20, 1863 (the thirty-fifth State), approved......Dec. 31, 1862 Battle of Murfreesboro, or Stone River......Dec. 31, 1862–Jan. 2, 1863 President Lincoln proclaims all slaves free in the seceding States......Jan. 1, 1863 Absent from duty in the army, 8,987 officers and 280,073 enlisted men......Jan. 1, 1863 Galveston, Tex., captured by the Confederates..
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