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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Americus Vespucius, 1451-1512 (search)
r in that land, we decided upon taking leave of it, and upon sailing across the sea for some other part. Having held a consultation, it was decided that the course should be taken which seemed good to me; and the command of the fleet was intrusted to me. I gave orders that the fleet should be supplied with wood and water for six months, such being the decision of the officers of the ships. Having made our departure from this land, we began our navigation with a southerly course on the 15th of February, when already the sun moved towards the equinoctial, and turned towards our Hemisphere of the North. We sailed so far on this course that we found ourselves where the South Pole had a height above our horizon of 52°, and we could no longer see the stars of Ursa Minor or of Ursa Major. We were then 500 leagues to the south of the port whence we had departed, and this was on the 3rd of April. On this day such a tempest arose on the sea that all our sails were blown away, and we ran unde
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
ections to complete the seizures of forts, arsenals, customhouses, and all other public property, and advised conventions then in session, or soon to assemble, to pass ordinances for immediate secession. They agreed that it would be proper for the representatives of seceded States to remain in Congress, in order to prevent the adoption of measures by the national government for its own security. They also advised, ordered, or directed the assembling of a convention at Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 15. This can, said the writer, of course, only be done by the revolutionary conventions usurping the power of the people, and sending delegates over whom they will lose all control in the establishment of a provisional government, which is the plan of the dictators. This was actually done within thirty days afterwards. They resolved, he said, to use every means in their power to force the legislatures of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland into the adoption
ers made the customary formal calls on the Spanish authorities, who, in turn, were received with the prescribed honors aboard ship. On Feb. 11, Captain Sigsbee, of the Maine, and Consul-General Lee called officially on General Blanco, who was absent from Havana when the Maine arrived, and on Feb. 12 a visit of courtesy was paid to President Galvez, of the new Cuban cabinet, who soon returned it. All of these courtesies were marked by the warmest cordiality by both parties. On the night of Feb. 15, the Maine was suddenly blown up at the anchorage designated for her by the Spanish authorities on her arrival, with the result that two officers and 264 men perished. Great excitement immediately ensued, and every effort was made to save the survivors. In this work of relief the Spaniards bore a prompt and large share. United States battle-ship Maine. The officers, crews, and boats of the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII., and of the City of Washington, the mail steamship plying between
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fort Donelson, (search)
ages and to bring up a sufficient naval force to assist in carrying on the siege. Grant resolved to wait for the return of Foote and the arrival of reinforcements. But he was not allowed to wait. On the night of the 14th the Confederate leaders held a council of war and it was concluded to make a sortie early the next morning, to rout or destroy the invading forces, or to cut through them and escape to the open country in the direction of Nashville. This was attempted at five o'clock (Feb. 15). The troops engaged in it were about 10,000 in number, commanded by Generals Pillow and Bushrod R. Johnson. They advanced from Dover—Mississippians, Tennesseeans, and Virginians—accompanied by Forrest's cavalry. The main body was directed to attack McClernand's division, who occupied the heights that reached to the river. Buckner was directed to strike Wallace's division, in the centre, at the same time, so that it might not be in a condition to help McClernand. These movements were no
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Niagara, Fort (search)
rm George, in 1812. surgeon wounded. The British fired a signal-cannon, announcing their success, which put in motion a detachment of regulars and Indians at Queenston for further work of destruction. They crossed the river to Lewiston, and plundered and laid waste the whole New York frontier to Buffalo. In 1814, on the retirement of General Wilkinson, General Brown, who had been promoted to major-general, became commander-in-chief of the Northern Department. He had left French Mills (Feb. 15), on the Salmon River, where the army had wintered, with most of the troops there (2,000 in number), and on reaching Sackett's Harbor received an order from the Secretary of War to march with them to the Niagara frontier, to which line Generals Scott and Ripley had already gone. The object was to recover Fort Niagara, restrain British movements westward, and, if possible, to invade Canada. Brown, however, did not go to that frontier until many weeks afterwards, owing to menaces of the Br
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
De Lome, in which he wrote disparaingly of President McKinley, was published. On learning of the exposure the minister requested his government to accept his resignation. Feb. 9. The United States Senate discussed intervention in Cuba. Feb. 14. Resolutions requesting the President to transmit information relative to the situation in Cuba were adopted by Congress. Feb. 14. Señor Luis Polo y Bernabe was appointed Spanish minister to the United States to succeed Señor De Lome. Feb. 15. The battle-ship Maine was blown up in the harbor of Havana by a floating mine; 260 American lives were destroyed. Feb. 16. Spain officially expressed regret for the Maine incident. Feb. 17. A naval court of inquiry into the cause of the destruction of the Maine was appointed by the United States government. Feb. 18-25. The Spanish cruiser Vizcaya visited New York Harbor. On the last date she sailed for Havana. Feb. 20. The court of inquiry began its session in Havana.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
t......Feb. 15, 1879 Secretary of Navy authorized to accept for a voyage of exploration by Bering Strait the ship Jeannette, tendered by James Gordon Bennett, by act......Feb. 27, 1879 Bill to restrict Chinese immigration passes the Senate Feb. 15, the House Feb. 22, is vetoed......March 1, 1879 Congress appropriates $250,000 as a perpetual fund for the American printinghouse for the blind at Louisville, Ky. (incorporated 1858)......March 3, 1879 Act for taking the tenth and subseqution to the coast of Greenland to relieve the Greely Arctic expedition......Feb. 13, 1884 Floods in the Ohio Valley; the river rises 71 feet at Cincinnati......Feb. 14, 1884 Congress appropriates $300,000, Feb. 12, and $200,000 additional, Feb. 15, for relief of flood sufferers in the Ohio Valley......Feb. 12 and 15, Funeral services in New York, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, for victims of the Jeannette Arctic expedition (brought to New York)......Feb. 22, 1884 President Arth