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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Van Buren, Abraham 1807-1873 (search)
Van Buren, Abraham 1807-1873 Military officer; born in Kinderhook, N. Y., Nov. 27, 1807; son of President Martin Van Buren; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1827; served on the Western frontier for two years; aide-de-camp to Gen. Alexander Macomb for seven years; made captain in the 1st Dragoons in 1836; and became private secretary to his father the same year. He re-entered the army at the beginning of the Mexican War as major and paymaster; was with Gen. Zachary Taylor at Monterey, and with General Scott in every engagement from Vera Cruz to the capture of the City of Mexico. He was brevetted lieutenantcolonel for bravery at Contreras and Churubusco in 1847, and served in the paymaster's department till 1854, when he resigned. He died in New York City, March 15, 1873.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Velasquez, Diego de 1465-1522 (search)
th 300 soldiers and landed near the eastern extremity of the island. The unarmed natives were easily conquered, and he found but little resistance except from Cacique Hatuey, fugitive from Hispaniola, whom he captured and burned at the stake. He founded Bayamo, Trinidad, Porto Principe, Matanzas, Santo Espiritu, and Santiago, where he established his government and assumed command. In 1517 he went with Cordova on his slave-seeking expedition, which resulted in the discovery of Yucatan. Encouraged by the results of this expedition he sent out another in 1518 under Hernando Cortez, who arrived at Vera Cruz and took command. On hearing that Cortez had sent commissioners to Spain to obtain the title to the newly discovered country, Velasquez immediately despatched a force under Panfilo de Narvaez to bring back Cortez as a prisoner. In this attempt Narvaez was defeated by Cortez, and so the effort of Velasquez to secure the Mexican conquest failed. He died in Havana in 1522 or 1523.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vera Cruz, capture of (search)
Vera Cruz, capture of On Nov. 30, 1846, Gen. Winfield Scott sailed from New York to take chief command of the American armies in Mexico. He reached the mouth o1847, built the tardiness of government in furnishing materials for attacking Vera Cruz delayed the movement several weeks. For this expedition General Scott assign 12,000 men, and appointed the island of Lobos, about 125 miles northwest of Vera Cruz, as the place of rendezvous. When the troops were gathered, they sailed for Vera Cruz, and landed near that city March 9, 1847. Upon an island opposite was a very strong fortress, called the Castle of San Juan de Ulloa, which the Mexicans regarded as invulnerable. This and Vera Cruz were considered the key of the country. This fortress and the city were completely invested by the Americans four days 3.000 ten-inch shells, 200 howitzershells. 1,000 Paixham shot, and 2,500 Vera Cruz during the Mexican War. round-shot, the whole weight of metal being about 50
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wells, Clark Henry 1822-1888 (search)
Wells, Clark Henry 1822-1888 Naval officer; born in Reading, Pa., Sept. 22, 1822; graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1846; served in the Mexican War; was on the Petrel when that vessel took part in covering the disembarking of Scott's army and in the bombardment of Vera Cruz; and accompanied the expedition which took Tampico and Tuspan in 1846-47. When the Civil War broke out he was made executive officer of the steamer Susquehanna, which participated in the capture of Port Royal, S. C.; commanded a number of boat expeditions against batteries in the inland coast waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida; promoted lieutenant-commander in July, 1862; commanded the steamer Galena of the Western Gulf blockading squadron; and was present at the battle of Mobile Bay. Subsequently he served with Admiral Porter at Hampton Roads; was promoted captain in June, 1871; rearadmiral, Aug. 1, 1884; and was retired Sept. 22, following. He died in Washington, D. C., Jan. 28,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Worth, William Jenkins 1794-1849 (search)
ttles of Chippewa and at Lundy's Lane, in July, 1814, and was severely wounded in the latter contest. He was in command of cadets at West Point from 1820 to 1828, and in 1838 was made colonel of the 8th United States Infantry. He served in the Seminole War from 1840 to 1842, and was in command of the army in Florida in 1841-42. He was brevetted a brigadiergeneral in March, 1842, commanded a brigade under General Taylor in Mexico in 1846, and was distinguished in the capture of Monterey. In 1847-48 he commanded a division, under General Scott, in the capture of Vera Cruz, and in the battles from Cerro Gordo to the assault and capture of the city of Mexico. He was brevetted major-general, and was presented with a sword by Congress, by the States of New York and Louisiana, and by his native county, Columbia. A monument was erected to his memory at the junction of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, New York City, by the corporation of that city. He died in San Antonio, Tex., May 17, 1849.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wrecks. (search)
he coast of Newfoundland; many lives lost......Nov. 26, 1843 Brig Sutley, from Pictou, N. S., to Fall River, Mass., wrecked in Vineyard Sound; thirty drowned......June 27, 1846 Steamer New York, from Galveston to New Orleans, founders at sea; about twenty lives lost......Sept. 7, 1846 All but twelve out of 104 vessels in port at Havana sink or are wrecked, and fifty coastwise vessels destroyed by a hurricane......Oct. 10-11, 1846 United States brig Somers struck by a squall off Vera Cruz and sunk; forty-one lives lost......Dec. 8, 1846 American emigrant ship William and Mary wrecked on a sunken reef near the Bahamas; about 170 persons perish......May 3, 1853 Aurora, of Hull, sails from New York April 26, and founders; about twenty-five lives lost......May 20, 1853 Steamer San Francisco, bound for California with 700 United States troops, founders at sea, and 240 of the soldiers are swept from the deck and perish......Dec. 23-31, 1853 Ship Staffordshire, from L
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