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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gaspee, (search)
mation ordering diligent search for the perpetrators of the act. Admiral Montague made endeavors towards the same end, and the home government offered a reward of $5,000 for the leader, with the promise of a pardon if the informer should be an accomplice. Not one of the men betrayed their trusted leader, Abraham Whipple (q. v.), afterwards a commodore in the Continental navy. When, subsequently, the colonists were at war with Great Britain, the act of Captain Whipple was avowed, and Sir James Wallace, in command of a British ship-of-war in Narraganset Bay, wrote as follows to the perpetrator of the act: You, Abraham Whipple, on June 9, 1772, burned his Majesty's vessel, the Gaspee, and I will hang you at the yard-arm. Whipple coolly replied: Sir, always catch your man before you hang him. A ballad was written at the time, containing fifty-eight lines of doggerel verse, which ended as follows: Now, for to find these people out, King George has offered very stout, One thousand
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harper's Ferry, (search)
was then charged with the duty of holding Harper's Ferry. General McClellan was throwing Ohio troops into western Virginia, and Gen. Robert Patterson, in command of the Department of Pennsylvania, was rapidly gathering a force at Chambersburg, Pa., under Gen. W. H. Keim. A part of the Confederates at the Ferry were on Maryland Heights, on the left bank of the Potomac, and against these Patterson marched from Chambersburg with about 15,000 men in June, 1861. Just at this moment commenced Wallace's dash on Romney, which frightened Johnston, and he abandoned Harper's Ferry, and moved up the valley to Winchester. Before leaving he destroyed the great bridge of the Baltimore and Ohio Railway at the Ferry with fire and gunpowder. It was 1.000 feet long. Then he spiked the heavy guns that could not be taken away, and encamped a few miles up the valley. Patterson, who was at Hagerstown, Md., pushed on, and on June 16 and 17 about 9,000 of his troops crossed the Potomac by fording it a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hull, William 1753-1825 (search)
, until John C. Calhoun became Secretary of War, when he promptly furnished them. With these General Hull set about writing his vindication, which was contained in a pamphlet of a little more than 300 pages, entitled Memoirs of the campaign of the Northwestern army of the United States. It wrought a great change in the public mind. It was seen that he had been misjudged by his impetuous young officers; that his motives in making the surrender were humane and just, and that his assuming the whole responsibility of the act was heroic in the extreme. To Mr. Wallace, one of his aides, he said, when they parted at Detroit: God bless you, my young friend! You return to your family without a stain; as for myself, I have sacrificed a reputation dearer to me than life; but I have saved the inhabitants of Detroit, and my heart approves the act. To-day the character of Gen. William Hull, purified of unwarranted stains, appears in history, without a blemish in the eye of just appreciation.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kingston, burning of (search)
Kingston, burning of Sir Henry Clinton's success in capturing Forts Clinton and Montgomery emboldened him to send a marauding expedition up the Hudson to make a diversion in favor of Burgoyne, hoping thereby to draw many troops from the army of Gates to defend the exposed country below. Early on the morning after the capture of the forts, Oct. 7, 1777, the boom and chain were severed, and a flying squadron of light armed vessels under Sir James Wallace, bearing the whole of Sir Henry's land force, went up the river to devastate its shores. Sir Henry wrote a despatch to Burgoyne on a piece of tissue-paper, saying, We are here, and nothing between us and Gates, and enclosing it in a small, hollow bullet, elliptical in form, gave it to a messenger to convey to the despairing general. The messenger was arrested in Orange county as a spy. He swallowed the bullet, which an emetic compelled him to disgorge. The message was found and the spy was hanged. The marauding force, meanwhil
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Georgia, (search)
ion into effect, the supreme executive council is clothed with plenary power and elects John Wereat president......Aug. 6, 1779 Count d'estaing, with fleet of thirty-three war-vessels, surprises and captures part of British fleet under Sir James Wallace, commanding Tybee station......Sept. 3, 1779 Armies of Lincoln and D'Estaing besiege Savannah......Sept. 23, 1779 Captain French with 111 British, and five vessels with crews and ammunition, frightened by bonfires and voices, surrendesville, Ky......May 1, 1845 Settlement previously known as Marthasville and Terminus is named Atlanta......1847 Macon and Atlanta telegraph line in operation......1849 George W. Crawford appointed Secretary of War......March 6, 1849 Wallace, Iverson, and Lumpkin, of Georgia, issue a manifesto to people of the United States, declaring emancipation certain unless prevented by the slave States, and calling upon the latter for union and concert in self-defence......1849 Gen. Narciso
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whipple, Abraham 1733- (search)
al officer; born in Providence, R. I., Sept. 16, 1733; went to sea in early life; commanded a ship in the West India trade, and in 1759-60 was captain of a privateer, capturing in a single cruise twenty-six French vessels. His vessel was called the Game Cock. In June, 1772, Whipple commanded the volunteers who burned the Gaspee in Narraganset Bay. In 1775 he was put in command of two armed vessels fitted out by Rhode Island, and was given the title of commodore. With these he drove Sir James Wallace, in command of the frigate Rose, out of Narraganset Bay. He was in command of a flotilla in the harbor of Charleston at the time of the siege and capture of that city in 1780. On March 21 of that year, the British marine force, under Admiral Arbuthnot, crossed the bar at Charleston. It consisted of one 54-gun ship, two 44-gun ships, four of thirty-two guns, and the Sandwich, also an armed ship. Whipple was in the outer harbor with a flotilla of small vessels. Finding he could not