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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Burnt corn Creek, battle of. (search)
Burnt corn Creek, battle of. Peter McQueen, a half-blood Creek Indian of Tallahassee, was a fiery leader among the war party of that nation, wherein civil war was raging in the spring of 1813. This war Tecumseh had stirred up, and the whole Creek nation had become a seething caldron of passion. A British squadron in the Gulf held friendly intercourse with the Spanish authorities at Pensacola. To that port McQueen and 300 followers, with pack-horses, went to get supplies and convey them to the war party in the interior. That party was inimical to the white people settled in that nation, and it was the duty of the military in that region to protect the latter. This protection was not furnished, and the white inhabitants and the peace party among the Creeks prepared to defend themselves. Col. James Caller called out the militia to intercept McQueen. There was a prompt response, and Caller set out with a few followers. He marched towards the Florida frontier, joined on the w
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), De Soto, Fernando, 1496- (search)
s for the captives, De Soto began his march in June, 1539. He was accompanied by mechanics, priests, inferior clergy, and monks in sacerdotal robes bearing images of the Virgin, holy relics, and sacramental bread and wine, wherewith to make Christians of the captured pagans. At the very outset the expedition met with determined opposition from the dusky inhabitants, but De Soto pressed forward towards the interior of the fancied land of gold. He wintered east of the Flint River, near Tallahassee, on the borders of Georgia, and in March, 1540, broke up his encampment and marched northward, having been told that gold would be found in that direction. He reached the Savannah River, at Silver Bluff. On the opposite side of the stream, in (present) Barnwell county, lived an Indian queen, young, beautiful, and a maiden, who ruled over a large extent of country. In a richly wrought canoe, filled with shawls and skins and other things for presents, the dusky cacica glided across the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
at Pensacola were seized by the Confederates. The State authorities continued hostilities until the close of the war. On July 13, 1865, William Marvin was appointed provisional governor of the State, and on Oct. 28 a State convention, held at Tallahassee, repealed the ordinance of secession. The civil authority was transferred by the national government to the provisional State officers in January, 1866, and, under the reorganization measures of Congress, Florida was made a part of the 3d Milt I have but three men. I now consider myself a prisoner of war. Take my sword, Captain Jones. Anxious to establish an independent empire on the borders of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida politicians met in convention early in January, 1861, at Tallahassee, the State capital. Colonel Petit was chosen chairman of the convention, and Bishop Rutledge invoked the blessing of the Almighty upon the acts they were about to perform. The members numbered sixty-nine, and about one-third of them were Co-
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Murat, Napoleon Achille 1801-1847 (search)
Murat, Napoleon Achille 1801-1847 Author; born in Paris, France, Jan. 21, 1801; came to the United States in 1821; travelled here extensively; then settled near Tallahassee, Fla., and was naturalized in 1826. He married a grandniece of Lafayette. He was the author of Letters of a citizen of the United States to his friends in Europe; Moral and political essays on the United States of America; and Exposition of the principles of Republican government as it has been perfected in America (which passed through more than fifty editions). He died in Wasceissa, Fla., April 15, 1847.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Seminole Indians (search)
ackson was joined by friendly Creeks, under their chief—McIntosh—who held the commission of a brigadier-general in the United States army. So short were supplies in that region that Jackson had to depend upon provision-boats ascending the Apalachicola from New Orleans, and, as a depot for these supplies, he built a new fort on the site of the old Negro. Fort, and called it Fort Gadsden. On March 26 he marched eastward against the Seminole villages in the vicinity of the present city of Tallahassee, being joined on the way by a fresh body of friendly Creeks (April 1) and a few more Tennessee volunteers. The Seminoles made but slight resistance. Their villages were burned, and a considerable spoil in corn and cattle was obtained. Unrestrained by such orders as Gaines had received, and satisfied that the Seminoles were continually encouraged to make war by the British and Spaniards, he proceeded to the Spanish post of St. Mark's, the only one in that region, and its surrender being
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
ure, Antiquities, and Sciences organized at Tallahassee, and holds its first public meeting......Jaibson......April 12, 1834 State-house in Tallahassee begun, 1826; finished......1834 John H. inary east of the Suwanee, and the other at Tallahassee, known as the seminary west of the Suwanee.s......January, 1861 State convention at Tallahassee passes an ordinance of secession—yeas 62, n Delegates elected to State convention at Tallahassee......Oct. 10, 1865 Convention at Tallahaer of District of Florida; headquarters at Tallahassee (later at Jacksonville)......May 31, 1867 Republican Convention at Tallahassee; 129 delegates......July 11, 1867 Convention organizing aonservative party (Constitutional Union) at Tallahassee appoints a State committee......Sept. 25, 1tes elected to constitutional convention at Tallahassee; organize, but disagree as to the eligibili....Feb. 6, 1868 Fifteen members meet at Tallahassee and elect Horatio Jenkins president......Fe[11 more...]