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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Alexander, Archibald, 1772- (search)
Alexander, Archibald, 1772- Theologian; born in Augusta (now Rockbridge) county. Va., April 17, 1772; was of Scotch descent, and became teacher in a Virginian family at the age of seventeen years. In 1791 he entered the ministry as an itinerant missionary in his native State. In 1789 he became president of Hampden-Sidney College; left it in 1801; married a daughter of Rev. Mr. Waddell, the celebrated blind preacher in Virginia, and afterwards (1807) became pastor of a Presbyterian church in Philadelphia. In 1810 he was elected president of Union College, Georgia, but did not accept it. On the establishment of the Theological Seminary at Princeton. N. J., in 1811, Dr. Alexander was chosen its first professor, which position he held until his death. Oct. 22, 1851. Among his numerous writings his Outlines of the evidences of Christianity, used as a text-book in several colleges, is most extensively known. It has passed through many editions in various languages.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820- (search)
Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820- Military officer; born in Prince Edward county. Va., April 20, 1820; became a lawyer in Mississippi; and in 1842 raised a company to fight in Texas. He settled at West Baton Rouge, La., in 1850; served in the State legislature; was in the Law School at Cambridge in 1854; and visited Europe in 1859. He took an active part with the Confederates in the Civil War, and was at one time military governor at Jackson, Miss. In the battle of Shiloh and at Baton Rouge he was wounded. He was commissioned a brigadier-general in 1864, but was almost immediately elected governor of Louisiana, the duties of which he performed with great ability and wisdom. At the close of the war he made his residence in the city of Mexico, where he established the Mexican times, which he edited until his death, April 22, 1866.
shows the number of troops furnished by each State for the Continental army: New HAMPSHIRE12,947 MASSACHUSETTS67,907 Rhode ISLAND5,908 CONNECTICUT31,939 New YORK17,781 New JERSEY10,726 PENNSYLVANIA25,678 DELAWARE2,386 MARYLAND13,912 VIRGINIA26,678 North CAROLINA7,263 South CAROLINA6,417 GEORGIA2,679   TOTAL231,771 The army in 1808-15. Jefferson's policy had always been to keep the army and navy as small and inexpensive as possible. The army was reduced to a mere frontiened with sudden paralysis. On the day after the battle of Bull Run (q. v.), General McClellan, then in western Virginia, was summoned to Washington and placed in charge of the shattered army there. The Departments of Washington and of Northeastern Virginia were created and placed under the command of McClellan. The Department of the Shenandoah was also created, and Gen. N. P. Banks was placed in command of it, relieving Major-General Patterson. McClellan turned over the command of the tro
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bacon, Nathaniel, 1642- (search)
Bacon, Nathaniel, 1642- Patriot; born in Suffolk, England, Jan. 2, 1642. He was educated at the Inns of Court. London: came to America with a considerable fortune in 1670; settled in Gloucester county. Va., and owned a large estate high up on the James River. A lawyer by profession and eloquent in speech, he easily exercised great influence over the people. He became a member of the council in 1672. He was a republican in sentiment; and. strongly opposing the views and public conduct of Governor Berkeley, the stanch loyalist. he stirred up the people to rebellion. Berkeley, who was very popular at first, had become tyrannical and oppressive as an uncompromising royalist and rigorous executor of his royal master's will. At the same time republicanism had begun a vigorous growth among the people of Virginia; but it was repressed somewhat by a majority of royalists in the House of Burgesses; and the council were as pliant tools of Berkeley as any courtiers who paid homage to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Battles. (search)
. 1, 1864 Atlanta (Ga.; Captured)Sept. 2, 1864 Winchester (Va.)Sept. 19, 1864 Fisher's Hill (Va.)Sept. 22, 1864 Allatoona Pass (Ga.)Oct. 6, 1864 Hatcher's Run (Va.)Oct. 27, 1864 Franklin (Tenn.)Nov. 30, 1864 Fort McAllister (Ga.)Dec. 14, 1864 Nashville (Tenn.)Dec. 15 and 16, Fort Fisher (N. C.; First Attack on)Dec. 24 and 25, Fort Fisher (N. C.; Capture of)Jan. 15, 1865 Hatcher's Run (Va.)Feb. 5, 1865 Averasboro (N. C.)Mar. 16, 1865 Bentonville (N. C.)Mar. 18, 1865 Five Forks (Va.)Mar. 31 and April 1, 1865 Petersburg (Carried by Assault)April 2, 1865 Appomattox Court-House (near)April 9, 1865 Mobile (Capture of)April 8-12, 1865 War with Spain. Destruction of Spanish fleet in Manila BayMay 1, 1898 Bombardment of San Juan. Porto RicoMay 12, 1898 Bombardments of forts, Santiago de CubaMay 31, 1898 Daiquiri, CubaJune 21-22, 1898 Juragua, Cuba (Capture)June 24, 1898 Las Guasimas, CubaJune 24, 1898 El Caney, CubaJuly 1, 1898 San Juan Hill, CubaJuly 2, 1898 Destr
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Beverly, Robert, 1675-1716 (search)
Beverly, Robert, 1675-1716 Historian; born in Virginia about 1675. During Sir Edmund Andros's administration he was clerk of the council, an office his father had held before him. He wrote History of the present State of Virginia (4 volumes, published in London in 1705). This included an account of the first settlement of Virginia, and the history of the government until that time. Mr. Beverly is said to have been the first American citizen in whose behalf the habeas corpus act was brought into requisition. He died in 1716.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Booth, John Wilkes, (search)
Booth, John Wilkes, Assassin born in Harford county, Md., in 1839: son of Junius Brutus Booth, and brother of Edwin T. Booth: made his appearance as an actor in early manhood. When the Civil War broke out he took sides with the South. Brooding over the lost cause of the Confederacy he formed a conspiracy with Powell, Surratt, and others, to assassinate President Lincoln. O n the evening of April 14, 1865, the President, Mrs. Lincoln, and a party of friends went to Ford's Theatre, in Washington, to witness a performance of Our American cousin. While the play was in progress Booth entered the President's box, and shot the President in the back of the head. Then, shouting Sic semper tyrannis! the assassin leaped upon the stage and made his escape on a horse in waiting. He was pursued and overtaken, concealed in a bar n near Bowling Green . Va., and, refusing John Wilkes Booth. to surrender, was shot dead, April 26, 1865. See Lincoln, Abraham.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Breckenridge, John, 1760-1806 (search)
Breckenridge, John, 1760-1806 Statesman; born in Augusta county. Va., Dec. 2, 1760; was admitted to the bar in 1785; elected to Congress in 1793 but did not accept, having determined to remove to Kentucky, where he settled near Lexington. He was appointed attorney-general of Kentucky in 1795. In 1798 he met Jefferson and Nicholas at Monticello and prepared the famous Kentucky resolutions of 1798, of which Jefferson claimed the authorship. In 1801 he was elected to the United States Senate, and resigned in 1805 to become Attorney-General under President Jefferson, which office he filled about four months. He died in Lexington, Ky., Dec. 14, 1806.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
, Tenn.; the Confederates defeated, with the loss of 105 men, their guns, and horses. The Confederates burn their gunboats on the York River. Battle of West Point, Va., and Union victory.—8. Union cavalry surprised and captured near Corinth, Miss. —9. Attack on Sewell's Point by the Monitor. Confederates evacuate Pensacola. Skrly two companies of Pennsylvania cavalry near Hartwood.—29. General Stahl fights and routs a Confederate force near Berryville. —Dec. 2. King George Court-House, Va., captured by National cavalry. Expedition went out from Suffolk, Va., and recaptured a Pittsburg battery.—4. General Banks and a part of his expedition sailed fromps.—13. Brilliant cavalry engagement at Culpeper Court-House, Va.—21. Sharp cavalry fight and National victory at Madison Court-House, Va.—24. Port of Alexandria. Va., officially declared to be open to trade. —Oct. 5. Confederates under Bragg bombarded Chattanooga, Tenn., from Lookout Mountain.—7. The British gove
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clark, or Clarke, George Rogers -1818 (search)
Clark, or Clarke, George Rogers -1818 Military officer; born near Monticello, Albemarle co., Va., Nov. 19, 1752; was a land surveyor, and commanded a company in Dunmore's war against the Indians in 1774. He went to Kentucky in 1775, and took command of the armed settlers there. It was ascertained in the spring of 1778 that the English governor of Detroit (Hamilton) was inciting the Western Indians to make war on the American frontiers. Under the authority of the State of Virginia, and with some aid from it in money and supplies, Clark enlisted 200 men for three months, with whom he embarked at Pittsburg, and descended to the site of Louisville, where thirteen families, following in his train, located on an island in the Ohio (June, 1778). There Clark was joined by some Kentuckians, and, descending the river some distance farther, hid his boats and marched to attack Kaskaskia (now in Illinois), one of the old French settlements near the Mississippi. The expeditionists were
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