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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 26 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 12 0 Browse Search
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 12 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 10 0 Browse Search
George P. Rowell and Company's American Newspaper Directory containing accurate lists of all the newspapers and periodicals published in the United States and territories, and the dominion of Canada, and British Colonies of North America, together with a description of the towns and cities in which they are published: description of towns and cities. (ed. George P. Rowell and company) 8 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore) 8 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 8 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore) 6 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 6 0 Browse Search
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A. 4 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blockade. (search)
mbarded Stonington (q. v.), but was repulsed. His squadron lay off the mouth of the Thames when the news of peace came. See New London. In the opening months of the Civil War, the Confederates planted cannon on the Virginia shores of the Potomac River, at various pints, to interrupt the navigation. One of these redoubts was at Matthias Point, a bold promontory in King George county, Va., and commanded the river a short time. The point was heavily wooded. Capt. J. H. Ward, with his flag- North Carolina, it lay in state, and was then taken to Hartford, where imposing funeral ceremonies were performed in the Roman Catholic cathedral. In September, 1861, General McClellan was ordered to co-operate with the naval force on the Potomac River in removing the blockade, but he failed to do so; and it was kept up until the Confederates voluntarily abandoned their position in front of Washington in 1862. See Charleston, S. C.; Mobile, Ala.; Savannah, Ga.; Wilmington, N. C. On Apri
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Canals. (search)
n 1804, he was actively engaged in the promotion of both projects. The Western canal was never completed, according to its original conception, but was supplemented by the great Erie Canal, suggested by Gouverneur Morris about 1801. In a letter to David Parish, of Philadelphia, that year. he distinctly foreshadowed that great work. As early as 1774 Washington favored the passage of a law by the legislature of Virginia for the construction of works—canals and good wagonroads—by which the Potomac and Ohio rivers might be connected by a chain of commerce. After the Revolution, the States of Virginia and Maryland took measures which resulted in the formation of the famous Potomac Company, to carry out Washington's project. In 1784 Washington revived a project for making a canal through the Dismal Swamp, not only for drainage, but for navigation between the Elizabeth River and Albemarle Sound. The oldest work of the kind in the United States is a canal, begun in 1792, 5 miles in e
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Frederick, Fort (search)
Frederick, Fort A protective work on the north bank of the Potomac River in Maryland, 50 miles below Fort Cumberland; erected in 1755-56.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Maryland, State of. (search)
good fashion and 300 laboringmen (so Lord Baltimore wrote to Wentworth), sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wight, in two vessels, the Ark and Dove, accompanied by two Jesuit priests, Andrew White and John Altham. The Calverts and the other gentlemen, and some of the laboring-men, were Roman Catholics, but a greater portion of the latter were Protestants. After a terribly tempestuous voyage, in which the vessels were separated, they met at Barbadoes and finally entered the broad mouth of the Potomac River, in February, 1634. They sailed up the Potomac, and upon Blackstone Island (which they named St. Clement's) they landed, performed religious ceremonies, and were visited by the wondering natives. The governor made further explorations, and, finally, on March 27 (O. S.), Calvert, having entered into a treaty for the purchase of a domain on a pleasant little river, determined there to plant a settlement. With imposing religious ceremonies it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Napier, Sir Charles 1786-1860 (search)
Napier, Sir Charles 1786-1860 Naval officer; born in Stirlingshire, Scotland, March 6, 1786; joined the British navy in 1799; promoted lieutenant and assigned to duty against the French in the West Indies in 1805. He was ordered to the North American fleet on Lake Champlain in 1813; served on the Potomac River in August, 1814; and commanded the long-boats in the actions before Baltimore. He died in London, Nov. 8, 1860.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Quint, Alonzo Hall 1828- (search)
Quint, Alonzo Hall 1828- Clergyman; born in Barnsley, N. H., Nov. 22, 1828; graduated at Dartmouth in 1864; pastor of Mather Church in Roxbury, Mass., 1858; chaplain of the 2d Massachusetts Infantry in 1861; elected to the State legislature in 1881. Among his writings are The Potomac and the Rapidan; The record of the 2d Massachusetts Infantry; The first parish in Dover, N. H., etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Schooner Pearl, the (search)
Schooner Pearl, the In 1848 Captain Drayton and his mate Sayles, attempted to carry away to freedom, from the vicinity of Washington, D. C., seventy-seven fugitive slaves concealed in this schooner; as the schooner neared the mouth of the Potomac River, she was overtaken and obliged to return. These fugitive slaves, men, women, and children, were immediately sold to the cotton planters of the Gulf States; while Drayton and Sayles, with difficulty saved from death by mob-violence, were brought to trial in Washington. The aggregate bail required amounted to $228,000. They were convicted and in prison until 1852, when, through the influence and efforts of Charles Sumner, President Fillmore granted them an unconditional pardon; but, notwithstanding this, they were immediately hurried out of the city and sent to the North to save them from violence and rearrest.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Steam navigation. (search)
ine with a small steamboat, and in 1783 Claude, Comte de Jouffroy, constructed an engine which propelled a boat on the Saone. Immediately after the close of the Revolutionary War, James Rumsey, of Maryland, propelled a vessel by steam on the Potomac River, a fact certified to by Washington. In 1785 an association was formed to aid him, which was called the Rumsey Society, of which Benjamin Franklin was president. Nothing came of it. The next year John Fitch, a native of Connecticut, exhibiteited States. James Rumsey, of Sheppardstown, Va., invents a steamboat propelled by a steam-engine expelling water through a horizontal trunk-opening in the stern (1782). He experiments publicly in the presence of General Washington, on the Potomac River. Sept.,1784 John Fitch, of Philadelphia, Pa., launches a steamboat worked by vertical paddles, six on each side, on the Delaware River1788 Patrick Miller, of Dalswinton, Scotland, constructs a pleasure boat with paddle-wheels (1787), to whi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), District of Columbia. (search)
he United States, nor in the affairs of the District. The centre of the dome of the Capitol is in lat. 38° 53′ 20″ N., and long. 77° 00′ 29″ W. Population, 1890, 230,392; 1900, 278,718. It is situated on the left, or eastern, bank of the Potomac River, 108 miles from its entrance into Chesapeake Bay, and about 185 miles, via said river and bay, from the Atlantic Ocean. The centre of the District, as originally established, was in long. 77° 2′ 27.745″ W. of Greenwich, and in lat. 38° 53′ ich contains a number of unincorporated villages. It embraces an area of 69.245 square miles, 60.01 square miles of which are land. Its surface is generally irregular and undulating, rising from the level of mean low tide in the contiguous Potomac River to an elevation of 420 feet at the highest point, which is about a half-mile southeastwardly from its northwestern boundary. The District of Columbia was established as the seat of government of the United States by proceedings
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, D. C. (search)
Washington, D. C. Seat of the government of the United States; popularly known as the City of magnificent distances ; co-extensive with the District of Columbia; locally governed by three commissioners acting directly under the authority of Congress; population in 1890, 230,392; in 1900, 278,718. By act of Congress approved July 16, 1790, the seat of the national government was to be located on the Potomac River. The commissioners appointed to locate it were Thomas Johnson, David Stuart, and Daniel Carroll, of Maryland, and they gave the name of Washington to the new city. They chose the lands adjacent to Georgetown, lying between Rock Creek and the eastern branch of the Potomac Washington—scene in Pennsylvania Avenue. along the shores of the river, and made arrangements with owners of the land for them to cede to the United States the whole, containing from 3,000 to 5,000 acres, on the condition that when it should be surveyed and laid off as a city the proprietors sho