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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Amidas, Philip, 1550-1618 (search)
d the Queen, and she named the region, as some say. in allusion to her unmarried state, Virginia; others say it was in allusion to the virgin country. Amidas was in the maritime service of England long afterwards; and a few years after his voyage to Virginia he commanded an expedition to Newfoundland. He died in England in 1618. First voyage to Roanoke. The following is the narrative of the first voyage to Roanoke by Amidas (or Amadas) and Barlow, written by the latter: The 27 day of Aprill, in the yeere of our redemption, 1584, we departed the West of England, with two barkes well furnished with men and victuals, having received our last and perfect directions by your letters, confirming the former instructions, and commandments delivered by your selfe at our leaving the river of Thames. And I think it is a matter both unnecessary, for the manifest discoveries of the Countrey, as also for tediousnesse sake, remember unto you the diurnall of our course, sayling thither a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Red River expedition. (search)
iver Ferry. On the morning of the 23d the van of the Nationals drove the Confederates across the stream, and after a severe struggle during the day, General Birge, with a force of Nationals, drove the Confederates from the ferry, and the National army crossed. Its retreat to Alexandria was covered by the troops under Gen. Thomas K. Smith, who skirmished at several points on the way—severely at Clouterville, on the Cane River, for about three hours. The whole army arrived at Alexandria on April 27. At that place the water was so low that the gunboats could not pass down the rapids. It had been determined to abandon the expedition against Shreveport and return to the Mississippi. To get the fleet below the rapids was now urgent business. It was proposed to dam the river above and send the fleet through a sluice in the manner of running logs by lumbermen. Porter did not believe in the feasibility of the project; but Lieut.-Col. Joseph Bailey (q. v.) performed the service success
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
ident issued a call for 125,000 volunteers. April 24. Great Britain issued a proclamation of neutrality, and was followed subsequently by the other powers, except Germany. April 24. Spain formally declared that war existed with the United States. April 25. Congress passed an act declaring that war had existed since April 21. April 25. Commodore Dewey's fleet sailed from Hong-Kong for the Philippines. April 26. Congress passed an act for the increase of the regular army. April 27. Batteries at Matanzas were bombarded. April 30. Admiral Cervera's fleet left the Cape de Verde Islands for the West Indies. May 1. Commodore Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet at Manila. American loss, six men slightly wounded. May 5-7. Riots in Spain. May 11. Commodore Dewey was made a rear-admiral. May 11. Attack on Cienfuegos and Cardenas. Ensign Bagley and four men on the torpedo-boat Winslow were killed. May 11. Admiral Cervera's fleet appeared off Martinique.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Toronto, (search)
which commodity Proctor had paid bounties when at Fort Malden. It is not pleasant to relate a fact so discreditable; but, as a British historian (Auchinleck), has intimated that the scalp in question—which Commodore Chauncey sent to the Secretary of War--was taken from the head of a British Indian shot, while in a tree, by that officer when the Americans advanced, the fair fame of a dead man demands the revelation of the truth. Chauncey was not on shore at York. A few days after the capture of that city he wrote from Sackett's Harbor to the Secretary of the Navy: I have the honor to present to you, by the hands of Lieutenant Dudley, the British standard taken at York on the 27th of April last, accompanied by the mace, over which hung a human scalp. These articles were taken from the Parliament-house by one of my officers and presented to me. General Dearborn wrote: A scalp was found in the legislative council-chamber, suspended near the speaker's chair, accompanied by the mac
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Maryland, (search)
the election......Nov. 4, 1863 General Schenck arrests many persons suspected of treason, and suspends the Maryland Club and similar societies......1863 Every Union master allowed $300 for each of his slaves enlisting by act of Congress......Feb. 24, 1864 General Lee detaches a force for the invasion of Maryland, which overpowers the Federals under Gen. Lew. Wallace in a battle on the Monocacy River......July 9, 1864 Convention for framing a new constitution meets at Annapolis, April 27; completes its work, Sept. 6; ratified......Oct. 12-13, 1864 [This constitution abolished slavery, and disfranchised all who had aided or encouraged rebellion against the United States. Home vote, 27,541 for, 29,536 against; soldiers, 2,633 for, 263 against; majority for, 375.] Maryland Agricultural College established in Prince George's county......1865 Fair held at Baltimore for the relief of the destitute in the Southern States; net receipts, $164,569.97......April, 1866 Pea
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vicksburg, siege of (search)
t it could not be taken by direct assault. He tried to perfect the canal begun by Williams, but failed. Then he sent a land and naval force up the Yazoo to gain the rear of Vicksburg, but was repulsed. Finally Grant sent a strong land force down the west side of the Mississippi, and Porter ran by the batteries at Vicksburg in the night (April 16, 1863) with nearly his whole fleet. Then Grant prepared for vigorous operations in the rear of Vicksburg, on the line of the Black River. On April 27 Porter ran by the Confederate batteries at Grand Gulf, when Grant's army crossed a little below, gained a victory at Port Gibson, and calling Sherman down the west side of the Mississippi and across it to join him (May 8), the whole force pushed forward and captured Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. Then the victorious army turned westward towards Vicksburg, and, after two successful battles, swept on and closely invested the strongly fortified city in the rear (May 19), receiving thei