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try. The letter of Dr. Turner (a copy of which you inclose me) has no relevancy to the facts so far as you may be concerned. It will give me great pleasure in this trying crisis of our national existence to receive the cooperation of all true patriots who are capable of rendering effectual service to our common country. Your obedient servant, Sam Houston. To General A. S. Johnston. President Houston had adopted the policy of undoing whatever had been attempted by his predecessor. Yucatan, which, aided by the Texan navy, had employed so much of the energies of Mexico, was abandoned to the conquering sword of Santa Anna. Treaties were substituted for militia as a defense against the Indians, who had, however, been too severely punished to be troublesome for some time, and were glad of a breathing-spell. The transportation of the mails had entirely ceased; and the revenue derived from direct taxation scarcely paid the expense of collection. The volunteers, who were scouting
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 1: the Ante-bellum life of the author. (search)
ing a superior swordsman, he tried to cut his way out, and was killed. This affair was taken as open war, and General Taylor called on the governors of Texas and Louisiana--under his authority from Washington for volunteers of infantry and cavalry. The capture of Thornton and Hardee created great excitement with the people at home. Fanning's massacre and the Alamo at San Antonio were remembered, and it was reported of General Ampudia, who on a recent occasion had captured a general in Yucatan, that he boiled his head in oil. So it was thought he would give no quarter; but in a day or two we heard from the officers that they received great kindness from their captors, and that General Ampudia had ordered that his government should allow them their full pay and every liberty consistent with their safe-keeping. They declined, however, to accept pay, and were held as the guests of Generals Arista and Ampudia. On the 1st of May our tents were struck, wagons parked, assembly soun
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
boat, that had been used to carry passengers on the Delaware. The Alabama had much the greater speed, and her fire was more accurate, owing to the fact that the crew of the Hatteras were somewhat demoralized by the first, unexpected, broadside. Semmes did not seem disposed to make much capital out of this victory. Nothing remained for him to do in this vicinity; so, after he had picked up the officers and crew of the Hatteras, he put out all his lights and steamed away for the coast of Yucatan, congratulating himself that he had been able to satisfy his men with this substitute for his contemplated attack on Banks' transports. The Alabama received little damage in the fight, and on January 20th arrived at Jamaica, where the prisoners were landed, on parole, to find their way home as best they could. It is but fair to state that the officers and men of the Hatteras were kindly treated by their captors, and Lieutenant-Commander Blake was received as a guest in the cabin. The A
Doc. 107.-the escape of the Oreto. The following letter was written by an officer of the United States fleet: United States steamer R. R. Cuyler, off east coast of Yucatan, January 21, 1863. For the first time within the last five days, I have an opportunity to pen you a few lines, which I fancy may possess more interest than any thing I have written heretofore. The work for which the Cuyler was especially appointed, namely, the capture of the rebel steamer Oreto, has been laid out before us, and we have failed to accomplish it, thus adding another to the too numerous instances in which we have been foiled by the superior daring, and neck or nothing pluck of the dashing buccaneers of Jeff Davis. The Oreto has escaped the blockade, and I will give you the particulars as faithfully as I possibly can. Thursday, the fifteenth, and the night and day before, the wind was south-east, which is nearly on shore; at times it was quite a gale, with thick rain or mist most of th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cordova, Francisco Fernandez de (search)
Cordova, Francisco Fernandez de Discoverer of Mexico. In February, 1517, he sailed from Havana, Cuba, accompanied by 100 men, and landed on the coast of Yucatan. In a battle with the natives, forty-seven of his men were killed, and he was wounded in twelve places. Hastening back to Cuba, he died of his wounds in 1518.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Grijalva, Juan de 1518- (search)
Grijalva, Juan de 1518- Adventurer; born in Cuellar, Spain, near the close of the fifteenth century. His uncle, Diego Velasquez (q. v.), the first governor of Cuba, sent him in command of four vessels, to complete the discoveries of Cordova. He sailed from Santiago, Cuba, in the spring of 1518. He cruised along the peninsula of Yucatan as far as the region of the Panuco, where he held friendly communication with the Aztecs, the subjects of Montezuma. From them he obtained gold, jewels, and other treasures, with which he freighted one of his ships. Grijalva afterwards settled in Nicaragua, where he was killed by the natives, Jan. 21, 1527. He was the discoverer of Mexico.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hui Shen, (search)
s followers to Mexico, named Quetzalcoatl. He landed on the Pacific coast, coming from the north by way of Panuco, and was most probably the leader of the party of five Buddhist priests that are already referred to. Hui Shen may have been one of the five, from the rest of whom he may afterwards have become separated, and then returned to China alone. The teachings ascribed to these visitors closely resemble those of Buddhism. The religious customs and beliefs of the nations of Mexico, Yucatan, and Central America, their architecture, their calendar, their arts, and many other things which were found by the Spaniards when they conquered America, exhibit the most surprising coincidences with the details of Asiatic beliefs and Asiatic civilization. So much is this the case that those independent observers who have known nothing of the story of Hui Shen have been convinced that there must have been some kind of communication between America and Asia since the beginning of the Chris
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lafitte, Jean 1780-1826 (search)
er to the governor of Louisiana, offering to join the American forces with his followers if he and they were pardoned for their past offences. Governor Claiborne called a council, which decided that the letters sent by Lafitte were forgeries. A little later an expedition was fitted out against Barataria, which took the place completely by surprise. Many of the pirates were captured, and most of their booty and vessels carried to New Orleans. Jean and Pierre Lafitte, however, escaped and collected their scattered followers at Last Island, close to the mouth of Bayou Lafourche. Later, when Gen. Andrew Jackson took command at New Orleans, he issued a proclamation in which he said he did not call upon pirates or robbers to help him; and yet when Jean Lafitte offered his services he accepted the muchneeded help. After the war Lafitte left New Orleans. Jean settled in Galveston, but in 1820 was driven out by the United States authorities, and went to Yucatan, where he died in 1826.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Luna y Arellano, Tristan de 1519-1571 (search)
and children (the families of soldiers), to conquer and colonize Florida. He had a prosperous voyage to the Bay of Pensacola, where he anchored his ships, but a week later a storm arose which drove the vessels ashore and wrecked them. He at once sent out an exploring party in search of the fertile lands and cities plethoric with precious metals, of which he had dreamed. For forty days they marched through a barren country before they found any food. This they found at a deserted town. Word was sent back to De Luna of the abundance of food there. He had lost most of his stores with the ships. With 1,000 men, women, and children, he marched to the town. The food was soon consumed, and great suffering followed. De Luna marched back to Pensacola, whence, in two vessels that had been saved or built there, he sent to the viceroy of Mexico for succor. Relief came, but the discontent of the remnant of his colony caused his return to Vera Cruz in 1561. He died in Yucatan, in 1571.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Millspaugh, Charles Frederic 1854- (search)
Millspaugh, Charles Frederic 1854- Botanist; born in Ithaca, N. Y., June 20, 1854; graduated at New York Homoeopathic Medical College in 1881; appointed Professor of Botany in West Virginia University in 1891; Professor of Medical Botany in the Chicago Homoeopathic Medical College in 1897; lecturer on botany in the University of Chicago in 1895. In the interest of botanical science he has made explorations in the West Indies, Mexico, and Brazil. He is the author of Weeds of West Virginia, Flora of West Virginia, American Medical plants, Flora of Yucatan, etc.
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