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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
voting law constitutional. Surprise and defeat of Confederates at Half Mountain, Ky., by Colonel Gallup.—17. Women's bread-riot in Savannah, Ga.—21. Nationals destroy the State salt-works near Wilmington, N. C., worth $100,000.—25. The offer of 85,000 100-days' men by the governors of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa accepted by the President.—May 2. Ohio National Guard, 38,000 strong, report for duty.—4. Colonel Spear, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry, departed on a raid from Portsmouth, Va., captured a Confederate camp on the Weldon road, and destroyed $500,000 worth of property at Jarratt's Station.—7. To this date, one lieutenant-general, five major-generals, twenty-five brigadiers, 186 colonels, 146 lieutenant-colonels, 214 majors, 2,497 captains, 5,811 lieutenants, 10,563 non-commissioned officers, 121,156 privates of the Confederate army, and 5,800 Confederate citizens had been made prisoners by National troops. General Crook defeated the Confederates at Cloyd
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Leslie, Alexander 1740-1794 (search)
Leslie, Alexander 1740-1794 Military officer; born in England about 1740; came to Boston with General Howe in 1775; was made a major in June, 1759; a lieutenantcolonel in 1762; and was a brigadiergeneral when he came to America. In the battle of Long Island, in 1776, he commanded the light infantry, and was in the battle of Harlem Plains in September, and of White Plains in October following. General Leslie accompanied Sir Henry Clinton against Charleston in April and May, 1780. In October he took possession of Portsmouth, Va., with 3,000 troops, but soon hastened to join Cornwallis in the Carolinas, which he did in December. In the battle of Guilford, he commanded the right wing. General Leslie was in command at Charleston at the close of hostilities. He died in England, Dec. 27, 1794.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Nicholas, Wilson Cary 1757-1820 (search)
Nicholas, Wilson Cary 1757-1820 Legislator; born in Hanover, Va., about 1757; son of Robert Carter Nicholas; was educated at the College of William and Mary; served as an officer in the Revolutionary War, and was commander of Washington's Lifeguard at the time of its disbandment in 1783. He was United States Senator in 1799-1804; member of Congress in 1807; collector of the ports of Norfolk and Portsmouth in 1804-7; and governor of Virginia in 1814-17. He died in Milton, Va., Oct. 10, 1820.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Norfolk, destruction of (search)
ed at Norfolk with his staff, and prepared to seize the navy-yard and the ships-of-war. The disloyal officers had corrupted the workmen in the navyyard, and these were also ready to join the Confederates. The military companies of Norfolk and Portsmouth were paraded under arms. Several companies of riflemen came from Petersburg, in number about 600, and a corps came from Richmond, bringing with them fourteen pieces of heavy rifled cannon, and plenty of ammunition. With these troops Taliaferr of the property destroyed was estimated at $7,000,000. Two of the sunken vessels, the Merrimac and Plymouth, which were not consumed, were afterwards raised by the Confederates and converted into powerful iron-clad vessels of war. Norfolk, and Portsmouth opposite, and old Fort Norfolk, on the river-bank below, were taken possession of by the Confederates. The possession of these places and of Harper's Ferry were important acquisitions for the Confederates, preliminary to an attempt to seize Wa
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Suffolk, operations at. (search)
l masked that he should take the Nationals by surprise. He drove in their pickets; but Peck, aware of his expedition, was ready for him. He had been reinforced by a division under General Getty, making the number of his effective men 14,000. The Confederates were foiled; and in May, 1863, Longstreet abandoned the enterprise and retreated, pursued some distance by Generals Corcoran and Dodge and Colonel Foster. The siege of Suffolk had continued for several weeks before the final dash upon it, the object being the recovery of the whole country south of the James River, extending to Albemarle Sound, in North Carolina; the ports of Norfolk and Portsmouth; 80 miles of new railroad iron; the equipment of two roads; and the capture of all the United States forces and property, with some thousands of contrabands. The services of the troops under Peck were of vast importance. Besides preserving that region from seizure, they kept Longstreet and a large Confederate force from joining Lee.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
y Clinton......Jan. 2, 1781 He plunders Richmond and destroys stores......Jan. 5-6, 1781 He fixes headquarters at Portsmouth......March 20, 1781 General Phillips, with 2,000 men, reinforces him......March 27, 1781 Phillips and Arnold leave Portsmouth April 18 and occupy Petersburg, driving out Baron Steuben and General Nelson......April 24, 1781 General Lafayette approaches Petersburg......May 11, 1781 General Phillips dies at Petersburg......May 13, 1781 Lord Cornwallis reate attacks Cornwallis near Green Springs, and is repulsed......July 6, 1781 Cornwallis crosses the James and reaches Portsmouth......July 9, 1781 Cornwallis retires with his army to Yorktown......Aug. 4, 1781 General Lafayette at the forks o from New Orleans, buried in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond......May 31, 1893 Monument to Confederate dead unveiled at Portsmouth......June 15, 1893 Riot at Roanoke, eighteen killed, twenty-seven wounded......Sept. 20, 1893 Jubal A. Early, Con