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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thayer, Sylvanus 1785-1872 (search)
Thayer, Sylvanus 1785-1872 Military officer; born in Braintree, Mass., June 9, 1785; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1807 and at West Point in 1808, entering the corps of engineers. He was chief engineer of Dearborn's army in 1812, and of Hampton's division in 1813. He was chief engineer in the defence of Norfolk, Va., in 1814. In 1815 he was sent with Colonel McRae to Belgium and France to examine the fortifications there; and from 1817 to 1833 he was superintendent at West Point, and established the academy on its present basis. In 1838 he was made lieutenantcolonel, and from 1833 to 1857 was constructing engineer of the defences of Boston Harbor, and temporary chief of the engineer corps from 1857 to 1859. He was commissioned colonel in March, 1863; brevetted brigadier-general in May; and resigned June 1. He died in South Braintree, Mass., Sept. 7, 1872.
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 3: birth and early Education.—1811-26. (search)
of Dorchester, now comprehended in Hyde Park. His father did not expect to send him to college until after the last year of his five-years' course at the Latin School had begun. With his limited means, he had designed him for some occupation in which he could earn his livelihood sooner than in one of the learned professions. Charles had desired a cadetship at West Point, but no way opened for admission to the National Military Academy. Charles Pinckney Sumner, in a letter to Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, commanding at West Point, dated July 14, 1829, in which he introduces his son, says: It was once my son's wish to become a member of your institution, but I perceived it to be a hopeless undertaking to procure his admission. The thought of a military education was probably prompted by the circumstance that a relative, Edwin V. Sumner, and a friend of the family, Josiah H Vose, were of the regular army. The father began inquiries in relation to the American Literary, Scientific, an
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 4: College Life.—September, 1826, to September, 1830.—age, 15-19. (search)
—a distance of seventy or eighty miles. The scenery before reaching West Point is sublime, consisting of rough cliffs and mountains. Here he presented to Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, then commanding at this military station and academy, his father's letter of introduction. This letter, dated July 14, 1829, contains the following:— ent under merely literary men, he would, perhaps, now have been as strong as a soldier of Bonaparte on the bridge of Lodi. The journal says:— I visited Colonel Thayer, and presented the letter I had to him. He received me very kindly, showed me the rooms of his house, which were very neatly furnished, and also his library, of the old cells still remaining, and also loop-holes for the musketry. It is to my eye the strongest of any of the fortresses I have visited. On my return, Colonel Thayer conducted me around, showed me the library and the drawing-room, and then invited me home to drink tea. This I accepted. We talked about Arnold and about for<
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 2, chapter 30 (search)
ggravated character. I am disgusted with the imbecility of the police throughout our whole country. In my opinion this should be strengthened, so that law and order everywhere may prevail, and every citizen recognize with respect the Government of his country. To sustain such a police were far better than to build Fort George at the mouth of Boston Harbor. The necessity for external military defences in all countries, particularly in our country, has passed by; and the stones which Colonel Thayer has skilfully piled up, the arches which he has builded, and the cunning defences that he has contrived, are all useless labors. Better far if the money which has been drained from the treasury for this purpose had been devoted to institutions of benevolence and learning, to colleges, academies, and hospitals. Then should our State—all whose endowments for purposes of learning, including even those of Harvard College, do not equal the money so idly wasted in the brick and mortar of Geo
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Life of George Ticknor. (search)
e navy. But the two whom I knew the most were Holbrook—a gentle, careful, but not very successful scholar, who died at the South, where he was a schoolmaster—and Thayer, Sylvanus Thayer, who was the first scholar in the class, and with whom my intimacy, for sixty years, has never been at any time impaired. He made West Point whSylvanus Thayer, who was the first scholar in the class, and with whom my intimacy, for sixty years, has never been at any time impaired. He made West Point what it has been to the military character of the country, and is still alive (1869) at a great age,—a man of very great ability, of the highest distinction in his profession, and of the purest and truest honor and virtue. General Thayer died September 7, 1872. Soon after I left college,—in 1807,—my father, who had a great regGeneral Thayer died September 7, 1872. Soon after I left college,—in 1807,—my father, who had a great regard for classical learning, and knew that I had acquired very little of it, proposed to me to study with the Rev. John Sylvester John Gardiner, Rector of Trinity Church, who was in the habit of preparing a few pupils for Harvard College, and instructing others who had left college. Dr. Gardiner was a very good scholar, bre
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 16: (search)
e. It is headed, Aug. 1, ‘67. Persons with whom I have lived in long friendship, and contains the names of sixteen early friends, and the dates of the commencement of each acquaintance. They are these: Curtis, C. P., from 1793; Everett, E., 1806; Everett, A. H., 1806; Prescott, W. H., 1808; Webster, D., 1808, but also slightly 1802, 1805, 1807; Haven, N. A., 1808; Daveis, C. S., 1809; Gardiner, R. H., 1812; Story, J., 1815; Allston, W., 1819. Others who survive, Curtis, T. B., from 1795; Thayer, S., 1805; Bigelow, J., 1808; Savage, J., 1809; Mason, W. P., 1809; Cogswell, J. G., 1810. Five of these gentlemen outlived him. In his old age he still had friends whom he had counted as such for sixty years, although he had outlived so many. With regard to two of those intimacies which colored and added interest to his life in the period now opening before him, his own record has already been printed. How he came to know and love the charming, earnest, gifted Prescott, his junior by f
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 19: (search)
alked up to our old friend Cozzens's; meantime Thayer had gone to the boat to meet me, and we missedhen the drum beat outside for one o'clock, Colonel Thayer adjourned the examination while a Cadet waternoon till seven o'clock. My residence at Thayer's is extremely agreeable; that is, the little its marching. I get up immediately, and when Thayer comes home, at half past 6, from parade, he brewspapers, and, a little before eight o'clock, Thayer puts on his full-dress coat and sword, and whey, followed by the Board. If he is not ready, Thayer goes without him; he waits for no man. In thome, and had a solid talk of three hours with Thayer, concerning his whole management of this instiI have just learned, is very striking. Before Thayer came here it was not generally easy to find yoilies. I think this state of things gratifies Thayer very much, and consoles him for the considerabd be indiscreet enough to take the place after Thayer; it would be as bad as being President of the [6 more...]
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 20: (search)
at Hanover was finally disposed of in 1830. In the summer of 1827 a journey to Niagara ended by visits on the Hudson, and is thus sketched in a letter to Mr. Daveis:— Of these journeyings you are already partly misinformed, and, as Nic Bottom would say, I will finish that matter myself. We have—as you heard—been to the Westward, but eschewed the Springs, Saratoga. not desiring fashion, but health. We had several bright spots in our journey: first, West Point, where my old friend Thayer's gallantry gave the ladies a beautiful entertainment; then Trenton Falls, more beautiful than those of Tivoli and Terni; then Mr. Wadsworth's magnificent establishment, where we passed two days; then Niagara itself, where we spent four days in constantly increasing delight and astonishment; then, on our return, Kaatskill, where, as Natty Bumpo says, you see all creation; then Governor Lewis's, on the North River, where we spent four days with the Livingston family, and one with Mrs. Montgom<
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)
152-160. T Tagus River, 243. Talleyrand, Prince, 13, 123, 254, 258-263. Talma, 126, 127. Tarentum, Archbishop of, 174. Tatistcheff, M. de, 210, 212. Tatistcheff, Mad. de, 211. Taylor, Abbe, 173. Taylor, Henry, 418. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. John, 425 and note, 432 note. Tazewell, Littleton Waller, 350, 381. Tchitchagof, Admiral, 179 Teba, Count de, 233, 235. Teba, Countess de, 233, 234 and note, 309. Testchen, visits, 504-509. Thacher, Rev. S C., 11 Thayer, Sylvanus, Colonel U. S. A., 7, 8 and note, 316 note, 372-375, 386. Theatre, French, 149, 150. Theatre, Spanish, 201. Thierry, A, 314 Thiersch, Professor, 114, 115. Thompson, Mr. and Lady Mary, 440. Thomson, Mr., 275, 277, 280. Thorndike, Augustus, 132, 386. Thorndike, Colonel, 371. Thorwaliden, Albert, 177, 178. Thun-Hohenstein, Count von, 504 note, 505-07, 508. Thun-Hohenstein, Countess von, 505, 506, 508. Thun-Hohenstein, Count Franz von, 505. Thun-Hohenstein, Count Fried
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 15: (search)
uestion remained unsettled, no time was lost with regard to Mr. Bates's new donations. Mr. Ticknor immediately began personally to collect, from men distinguished in special departments, lists of works on their several subjects, which ought to be on the shelves of a great library, thus getting contributions of much consequence from such men as Professors Agassiz, Bond, Cooke, Felton, Hayward, Holmes, Lovering, Pierce, and Dr. John Ware; from Professor W. B. Rogers and Judge Curtis; from Colonel Thayer of the Army and Captain Goldsborough of the Navy; from engineers and architects, clergymen and men of letters. With these, and with all the bibliographical resources they could command, Mr. Ticknor and Mr. Jewett worked, in Mr. Ticknor's library, for more than two months, Mr. Jewett remaining there eight hours a day, preparing the lists that were to be sent to Mr. Bates. These lists, embracing above forty thousand volumes, were successively forwarded, and were approved by Mr. Bates, wh
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