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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bladensburg, battle of. (search)
night (April 23) the British encamped within 10 miles of the capital. At the latter place there was great excitement, and there were sleepless vigils kept by soldiers and civilians. Uncertain whether Washington City or Fort Washington was the intended destination of the invaders, Winder left a force near Bladensburg, and with other troops closely watched the highways leading in other directions. The anxious President and his cabinet were awake that night, and at dawn the next morning (Aug. 24), while Winder was in consultation with them at his headquarters, a courier came in hot haste to tell them that the British were marching on Bladensburg. Winder sent troops immediately to reinforce those already there, and soon followed in person. The overwhelming number of the invaders put his little army in great peril. He was compelled to fight or surrender; he chose to fight, and at a little past noon a severe contest began. The troops under General Winder, including those from Balt
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Caroline Islands (search)
Caroline Islands A group in the South Pacific, said to have been discovered by the Portuguese 1525; also by the Spaniard Lopez de Villalobos, 1545; and named after Charles II. of Spain, 1686. These islands were virtually given up to Spain in 1876. The Germans occupying some of the islands, Spain protested in August, 1885. Spanish vessels arrived at the island of Yop, Aug. 21; the Germans landed and set up their flag, Aug. 24; dispute referred to the Pope; the sovereignty awarded to Spain, with commercial concessions to Germany and Great Britain; agreement signed, Nov. 25; confirmed at Rome, Dec. 17, 1885; natives subdued, Spaniards in full possession, 1891. During the American-Spanish War there were frequent rumors that the United States was about to seize the islands; but the group was sold by Spain to Germany in 1899. The chief American interest in the Caroline Islands lies in the facts that American missionaries began work on the island of Ponape in 1852, the pioneer
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cod fisheries. (search)
Cod fisheries. At Fortune Bay, United States fishers set nets on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1878, contrary to local regulations; they were forcibly removed; controversy ensued. Mr. Evarts, for the United States, sent despatch Aug. 24; correspondence, September, October; Marquis of Salisbury refused compensation; but Earl Granville granted it; £15,000 awarded by arbitration, May 28, 1881
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Revolutionary War, (search)
, as soon as he is within reach, I will go to sea to put myself under his orders. Washington at once made ample preparations for marching into Virginia. To prevent any interference from Clinton, he wrote deceptive letters to be intercepted, by which the baronet was made to believe that the Americans still contemplated an attack upon New York City. So satisfied was Clinton that such was Washington's design, that, for nearly ten days after the allied armies had crossed the Hudson (Aug. 23 and 24) and were marching through New Jersey, he believed the movement to be only a feint to cover a sudden descent upon the city with an overwhelming force. It was not until Sept. 2 that he was satisfied that the allies were marching against Cornwallis. On the arrival of a body of Hessians at New York, he had countermanded an order for the earl to send him troops, and for this he was now thankful. On Sept. 5, while the allies were encamped at Chester, Pa., Washington was informed that De Grasse h
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
...Aug. 14, 1866 This convention adopts a declaration of principles vindicating the President......Aug. 17, 1866 President proclaims the decree of Maximilian, July 9, 1866, closing Matamoras and other Mexican ports, null and void as against the United States......Aug. 17, 1866 Insurrection in Texas at an end by proclamation of the President......Aug. 20, 1866 President Johnson visits Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, etc., speaking in favor of his policy and against Congress......Aug. 24–Sept. 18, 1866 [In this journey, then popularly known as swinging around the circle, the President was accompanied by Secretary Seward, Secretary Welles, Postmaster-General Randall, General Grant, Admiral Farragut, and other army officers and civilians.] Convention of Southern loyalists, held at Philadelphia......Sept. 3-7, 1866 [This convention united with the convention of the congressional party opposing the President's policy.] Corner-stone of monument to Stephen A. Dougla
t of Maine incorporated......Feb. 16, 1818 Law of the United States, making every State a district in which vessels must enter and clear, proving a stumbling-block in the matter of the separation of Maine, is changed, and the eastern coast divided into two great districts......March 2, 1819 About seventy towns petition the legislature for separation, and bill passed granting it......June 19, 1819 Under separation act, after an election in July, and the proclamation of the governor, Aug. 24, a convention of 269 delegates at Portland elects William King president, and appoints a committee of thirty-three to report a constitution......Oct. 11, 1819 Congress admits Maine into the Union; capital, Portland......March 3, 1820 Within seventeen months Governor King, commissioner under the Spanish treaty, resigns his office to Mr. Williamson, president of the Senate, who six months after, being elected to Congress, surrenders it to Mr. Ames, speaker of the House. The president o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Watson, John Crittenden 1842- (search)
Watson, John Crittenden 1842- Naval officer; born in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 24, 1842; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1860; served in the Civil War, being present at the passage of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the Vicksburg batteries; took part in the battle of Mobile Bay, etc.; promoted lieutenant-commander, July 25, 1866; captain, March 6, 1887; and commodore, Nov. 7, 1897. On June 27, 1898, he was appointed chief of the Eastern Squadron, which was originally organized for the purpose of intercepting the Spanish fleet under Admiral Camara, which it was supposed had sailed for the United States under orders to devastate the coast cities and to cooperate with Admiral Cervera. This Spanish fleet for several weeks was variously reported as being at the Cape Verde Islands and at other points near the American seaboard, and at one time it started to go through the Suez Canal and to Manila Bay for the purpose of attacking Dewey's fleet. After the destruction