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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Craney Island, operations at (search)
Craney Island, operations at On June 1, 1813, Admiral Sir J. Borlase Warren entered the Chesapeake with a considerable reinforcement for the marauding squadron of Sir George Cockburn (q. v.), bearing a large number of land troops and marines. There were twenty ships of the line and frigates and several smaller British war-vesmand the strait. At the same time, fifty large barges, filled with 1,500 sailors and marines, were seen approaching from the British ships. They were led by Admiral Warren's beautiful barge Centipede (so called because of her numerous oars), and made for the narrow strait between Craney Island and the main. Faulkner had his artthe invaders were within proper distance his great guns were opened upon them with terrible effect. The British were repulsed, and hastened back to their ships. Warren's barge, which had a 3-pounder swivel-gun at the bow, with four others, was sunk in the shallow water, when some American seamen, under the direction of Lieutenan
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dawes, William, (search)
Dawes, William, Patriot. On April 18, 1775, he accompanied Paul Revere, riding through Roxbury, while Revere went by way of Charlestown. On the following day, when Adams and Hancock received the message from Warren, Revere, Dawes, and Samuel Prescott rode forward, arousing the inhabitants. They were surprised by a number of British at Lincoln, and both Dawes and Revere were captured, Prescott making good his escape to Concord.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Edes, Benjamin, 1732-1803 (search)
Edes, Benjamin, 1732-1803 Journalist; born in Charlestown, Mass., Oct. 14, 1732; captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1760, and one of the Boston Sons of Liberty. In his printingoffice many of the tea-party disguised themselves, and were there regaled with punch after the exploit at the wharf was performed. He began, with Mr. Gill, in 1755, the publication of the Boston Gazette and country journal, which became a very popular newspaper, and did eminent service in the cause of popular liberty. Adams, Hancock, Otis, Quincy, Warren, and other leading spirits were constant contributors to its columns, while Mr. Edes himself wielded a caustic pen. He was in Watertown during the siege of Boston, from which place he issued the Gazette, the mouth-piece of the Whigs. It was discontinued in 1798, after a life, sustained by Edes, of forty years. He died in Boston, Dec. 11, 1803.