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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), America, discovery of. (search)
the twenty-sixth, they had the mortification to find the supposed land was only composed of clouds, which often put on the appearance of distant land; and, to their great dissatisfaction, the stems of the ships were again turned directly westwards, as they always were unless when hindered by the wind. Continuing their course, and still attentively watching for signs of land, they saw this day an alcatraz, a rabo-de-junco, and other birds as formerly mentioned. On Thursday the twenty-seventh of September, they saw another alcatraz coming from the westwards and living towards the east, and great numbers of fish were seen with gilt backs, one of which they struck with a harpoon. A rabo-de-junco likewise flew past; the currents for some of the last days were not so regular as before, but changed with the tide, and the weeds were not nearly so abundant. On Friday the twenty-eighth all the vessels took some of the fishes with gilt backs; and on Saturday the twenty-ninth they saw a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), French assistance. (search)
. There he was reinforced by troops under General Phillips, of the Convention troops, who had been exchanged for General Lincoln. The French ships soon returned to Newport, after making some prizes. When, on June 2, 1779, the legislature of Virginia unanimously ratified the treaties of alliance and commerce between France and the United States, and the governor had informed the French minister at Philadelphia of the fact, that functionary at once notified his government. Vergennes, on Sept. 27, instructed the minister at Philadelphia (Luzerne) in these words: During the war it is essential, both for the United States and for us, that their union should be as perfect as possible. When they shall be left to themselves the general confederation will have much difficulty in maintaining itself, and will, perhaps, be replaced by separate confederations. Should this revolution take place, it will weaken the United States, which have not now, and never will have, real and respectable s
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), General Armstrong, the (search)
, manned by about forty men each. At that time Reid, suspecting mischief, was warping his vessel under the guns of the castle. The moon was shining brightly. The barges and the privateer opened fire almost simultaneously, and the launches were driven off with heavy loss. At midnight fourteen launches were sent in, manned by about 500 men. A terrible conflict ensued, which lasted forty minutes, when the launches were again repulsed, with a loss of 120 killed and 130 wounded. At daylight (Sept. 27) a third attack was made by the brig Carnation, which opened heavily, but was soon so cut up by the well-directed guns of the Armstrong that she hastily withdrew. The privateer was also much damaged, and it being evident that she could not endure a fourth attack, Captain Reid directed her to be scuttled, to prevent her falling into the hands of the British. She was then abandoned, when the British boarded her and set her on fire. While the British lost over 300 men in the three attacks,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mormons, (search)
lation of said acts, committed each of the offences of polygamy, bigamy, adultery, or unlawful cohabitation under the color of polygamous or plural marriage, or who, having been convicted of violation of said acts, are now suffering deprivation of civil rights, having the same, excepting all persons who have not complied with the conditions noted in said executive proclamation of Jan. 4, 1893. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington this 27th day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and nineteenth. [seal.] Grover Cleveland. By the President: W. Q. Gresham, Secretary of State. The Congress, on July 16, 1894, passed an act to enable the Territory of Utah to form a State government; and on Jan. 4, 1896, Utah was admitted into the Union as a State. See Mountain Meadow massacre.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thames, battle of the (search)
Thames, battle of the When General Harrison landed his invading army near Fort Malden, Canada, in 1813, General Proctor, in command of the British troops there, fled northward, leaving the fort, navy buildings, and store-houses in flames. Proctor had impressed into his service all the horses of the inhabitants to facilitate his flight. Harrison wrote to the Secretary of War (Sept. 27): I will pursue the enemy to-morrow, although there is no probability of overtaking him, as he has upwards of 1,000 horses and we have not one in the army. I shall think myself fortunate to collect a sufficiency to mount the general officers. Harrison did pursue. On Oct. 1 he was joined by Col. Richard M. Johnson, with his cavalry, at Sandwich. There a council of officers was held. Only two lines of pursuit were feasible—one by Lake Erie to Long Point, the other by land to the rear of the fugitives. The latter was chosen. McArthur and his brigade were left to hold Detroit; Cass's brigade and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Trials. (search)
; sentence of imprisonment during the war commuted to banishment to the South......May 5-16, 1863 Pauline Cushman, Union spy; sentenced to be hanged by a court-martial held at General Bragg's headquarters; is left behind at the evacuation of Shelbyville, Tenn., and rescued by Union troops......June, 1863 For conspiracy against the United States, in organizing the Order of American Knights or Sons of Liberty about May 16; tried by a military commission at Indianapolis, Ind., beginning Sept. 27; William A. Bowles, L. P. Milligan, and Stephen Horsey sentenced to be hanged......Oct. 17, 1864 J. Y. Beall, tried at Fort Lafayette by a military commission, for seizing the steamer Philo Parsons on Lake Erie, Sept. 19, and other acts of war, without visible badge of military service; sentenced to death and hanged; trial occurs......December, 1864 Capt. Henry Wirtz, commander of Andersonville prison during the war, for cruelty; trial begins Aug. 21; Wirtz hanged......Nov. 10, 1865