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Elizabeth (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
of commerce. In selecting locations for these towns none seemed to offer better advantages than a district called by Capt. Smith, Nansamund, situated on the Elizabeth river, and on the 8th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty, seventy-three years after the settlement of Jamestown, the Assembly aking preparations to defend themselves, and threw up fortifications around the town. The first battle fought was at "Great Bridge," on the north bank of the Elizabeth river, a few miles from the city, which took place on the morning of December 9th, 1775. Lord Dunmore dispatched 200 regulars and 300 blacks and tories to capture t the pen of Mr. William S. Forrest, entitled, "The Great Pestilence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitant
Dumfries, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
ge II, (about whom Mr. Thackeray tells so many pleasant stories,) it was formed into a borough; and that is how the city of Norfolk came about. From 1736, the date of its chapter, to 1770, the town of Norfolk grew rapidly. Its fine location and its excellent harbor gave an importance few other towns possessed.--Trade from all parts of the State flowed into its streets, and avenues were opened to commerce with the world. At one time there was but a single rival in the colony, and that, Dumfries, a Scotch settlement on the Potomac, now a ruined and desolate burg. The year 1770, saw Norfolk the richest and most flourishing city in Virginia. It had increased in size until its inhabitants numbered six thousand; and had increased in wealth of which its fine streets, its stores and warehouses, its wharves, its churches, and its elegant private residences, were evidence. When the American Revolution begun, Norfolk was in a very prosperous condition. At that time many of her sons
Fort Calhoun (Nebraska, United States) (search for this): article 1
an interesting book from the pen of Mr. William S. Forrest, entitled, "The Great Pestilence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is large, safe, easy of access, and defended by Craney Island, Sewell's Point, Fort Calhoun, and Fort Monroe. I turn from the last words of this slight historical sketch to light a cigar, and listen to the rain beat against the window. All day long it has been wet and stormy, but with an occasional hour of fair weather.--One cannot always tramp for news, and stand at the street corners to catch the items of gossip which float on the current of public talk, and on such days, how better could "your own" employ himself than in reading up in the old time records of the town in
Old Point (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): article 1
January, 1776, after a notice to non-combatants to leave the city, he opened fire. The wooden buildings by the water were soon in flames, and owing to high winds the conflagration spread until nineteenths of the city was destroyed. Several times after the British fleet came into Hampton Roads, and two or three times Portsmouth, immediately across the river, was occupied. That town also suffered severely during the war and was frequently used as places of rendezvous, as Annapolis and Old Point are used by the Yankees. On the 18th of April, 1781, a large body of British troops, under Maj. Gen. Phillips and Brig Gen. Arnold, embarked at Portsmouth on an expedition for the purpose of destroying some American stores. A body of light infantry was sent up the Chickahominy ten or twelve miles, where several armed ships, sundry warehouses, and some ship-yards were burned. Five miles below the city of Norfolk is Crany Island, lying at the entrance of the harbor, three miles from
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
n in flames, and owing to high winds the conflagration spread until nineteenths of the city was destroyed. Several times after the British fleet came into Hampton Roads, and two or three times Portsmouth, immediately across the river, was occupied. That town also suffered severely during the war and was frequently used as play warehouses, and some ship-yards were burned. Five miles below the city of Norfolk is Crany Island, lying at the entrance of the harbor, three miles from Hampton Roads.--During the last war with England this was the scene of a battle. On the 22d of June, 1813, a large fleet made an attack upon it, with a force of about 4,000lence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is la
Jamestown (Virginia) (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
ld and Wingfield even after the provisions were landed. Here they commenced the settlement of Jamestown, which was, as it proved, the small beginning of our now great and prosperous Confederacy." Hence the city of Jamestown. The subsequent struggles of the new colony, its growth, the exploits of its founders, Smith, Gosnold, Newport, Ratcliff, Martin, and others, have become as familiar as houpanions, in exploring the numerous rivers, bays, inlets, and creeks surrounding the country by Jamestown, and in conquering them by arms, or winning them by treaty with the Indian owners. Slowly as English homes for the new found El Dorado. For the next twelve years after the settlement of Jamestown the number of planters rapidly increased; but still the affairs of the colony did not thrive er of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty, seventy-three years after the settlement of Jamestown, the Assembly of Virginia passed an act directing the purchase of fifty acres of land for the
Newport (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): article 1
and then in the possession of the Paspaheghs. This was pronounced a very fit place for a very great city; but there was some contention about it between Captain Gosnold and Wingfield even after the provisions were landed. Here they commenced the settlement of Jamestown, which was, as it proved, the small beginning of our now great and prosperous Confederacy." Hence the city of Jamestown. The subsequent struggles of the new colony, its growth, the exploits of its founders, Smith, Gosnold, Newport, Ratcliff, Martin, and others, have become as familiar as household words through the pages of history. For the next century the record of the Colony was one of many difficulties, but of gradual growth. The two ensuing summers were spent by Smith and his companions, in exploring the numerous rivers, bays, inlets, and creeks surrounding the country by Jamestown, and in conquering them by arms, or winning them by treaty with the Indian owners. Slowly as time progressed the Colonial wilds o
Craney Island (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
purpose of destroying some American stores. A body of light infantry was sent up the Chickahominy ten or twelve miles, where several armed ships, sundry warehouses, and some ship-yards were burned. Five miles below the city of Norfolk is Crany Island, lying at the entrance of the harbor, three miles from Hampton Roads.--During the last war with England this was the scene of a battle. On the 22d of June, 1813, a large fleet made an attack upon it, with a force of about 4,000 men, but met w the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is large, safe, easy of access, and defended by Craney Island, Sewell's Point, Fort Calhoun, and Fort Monroe. I turn from the last words of this slight historical sketch to light a cigar, and listen to the rain beat against the window. All day long it has been wet and stormy, but with an occasiona
Sewell's Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
the subject of an interesting book from the pen of Mr. William S. Forrest, entitled, "The Great Pestilence in Virginia." Norfolk is now a city of much importance, it is situated upon the Elizabeth river, as it widens out to the sea, eight miles from Hampton Roads, and thirty-five from the ocean. It has somewhere in the vicinity of fifteen thousand inhabitants, exclusive of the soldiers stationed near. The harbor is large, safe, easy of access, and defended by Craney Island, Sewell's Point, Fort Calhoun, and Fort Monroe. I turn from the last words of this slight historical sketch to light a cigar, and listen to the rain beat against the window. All day long it has been wet and stormy, but with an occasional hour of fair weather.--One cannot always tramp for news, and stand at the street corners to catch the items of gossip which float on the current of public talk, and on such days, how better could "your own" employ himself than in reading up in the old time records
New England (United States) (search for this): article 1
in the new world, and brought out tenantry to cultivate them. The culture of tobacco became a source of wealth, and hundreds were tempted by the prospect of gain to leave their English homes for the new found El Dorado. For the next twelve years after the settlement of Jamestown the number of planters rapidly increased; but still the affairs of the colony did not thrive equal to the expectations of the people. In 1620, the same year Miles Standish put his foot on the "blarney stone" of New England, twelve hundred and sixty-one additional settlers were induced to emigrate, but they soon became dissatisfied, and cherished the hope of a speedy return to England. Like men who rushed to the Pacific coast in the years 1849 and 1850, they left the comforts of civilization for the sake of gain, and soon found out the difference between a comfortable home in Britain and life in the wilderness. But then there were few women in the country; and what else could have been expected. In order
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