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scend the Chateaugay and meet Wilkinson at its mouth. He moved forward late in October, when he was confronted by Lieutenant-Colonel De Salaberry, near the junction of Outard Creek and the Chateaugay, where Hampton encamped and was overtaken by his artillery. De Salaberry was encamped with a force about 1,000 strong, and Sir George Prevost and General De Watteville were within buglecall. Hampton resolved to dislodge De Salaberry, and sent a force under Col. Robert Purdy on the evening of Oct. 25 to force a ford and fall upon the British rear. Purdy lost his way in a hemlock swamp. Meanwhile Hampton put 3,500 of his men in motion under Gen. George Izard, who moved to the attack at two o'clock in the afternoon. De Salaberry came out with a few Canadians and Indians, but finding overwhelming numbers in front of him he fell back to his intrenched camp. Firing was now heard on the other side of the river. Purdy, who had neglected to post pickets, had been surprised, his troops fl
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Illinois. (search)
h day's march, a major rode up to the general and insolently ordered him to march the troops back to Fort Harrison. Very soon afterwards the army was scarcely saved from perishing in the burning grass of a prairie, supposed to have been set on fire by the Indians. The troops would march no farther. Hopkins called for 500 volunteers to follow him into Illinois. Not one responded. They would not submit to his leadership, and he followed his army back to Fort Harrison, where they arrived Oct. 25. This march of 80 or 90 miles into the Indian country had greatly alarmed the Indians, and so did some good. Towards the same region aimed at by General Hopkins another expedition, under Colonel Russell, composed of two small companies of United States regulars, with a small body of mounted militia under Gov. Ninian Edwards (who assumed the chief command), in all 400 men, penetrated deeply into the Indian country, but, hearing nothing of Hopkins, did not venture to attempt much. They fel
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pine Bluff, battle of. (search)
Pine Bluff, battle of. Fifty miles below Little Rock, on the south side of the Arkansas River, is Pine Bluff, the county seat of Jefferson county, Ark. In October, 1863, it was occupied by Col. Powell Clayton, with about 350 men and four guns. Marmaduke attempted to capture it with over 2,000 men and twelve guns. He advanced upon the post in three columns. Clayton had just been reinforced by Indiana cavalry, making the number of his fighting men about 600. About 200 negroes had built barricades of cotton-bales in the streets. The attack was made (Oct. 25) by Marmaduke, and was kept up for about five hours. The Confederates were repulsed with a loss of 183 men killed, wounded, and prisoners; the Nationals lost 57, of whom 17 were killed. The town was badly shattered, and the court-house and many dwellings were laid in ashes.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
retary of the Treasury, born 1818, dies at Geneva, N. Y.......Sept. 4, 1884 Mrs. Belva Lockwood, of Washington, accepts the nomination of the California Women's Rights Convention for President......September, 1884 Messrs. Fisher and Mulligan publish letters of J. G. Blaine, upon which he is charged with corruption in legislation, favoring the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad in 1876......Sept. 16, 1884 International prime meridian conference opens in Washington, D. C., Oct. 1, twenty-five nations represented; the meridian of Greenwich is recommended by twenty-one nations, Santo Domingo opposing it, and France and Brazil not voting......Oct. 13, 1884 Secretary of the Treasury Gresham resigns......Oct. 28, 1884 Famous alliterative sentence of Dr. Burchard, who, at the reception by Mr. Blaine of a delegation of clergymen in New York City, refers to the Democracy as the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion ......Oct. 29, 1884 Presidential ele
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wyoming, (search)
of Ohio, to provide a temporary government for the Territory of Wyoming ......1865 Massacre of United States troops by the Indians in a sortie, under Colonel Fetterman, from Fort Philip Kearny, near Big Horn; three officers and ninety men killed and scalped......Dec. 21, 1866 Cheyenne first settled, July, 1867, and a city government established, with H. M. Hook as mayor......August, 1867 First newspaper published in the Territory, the Cheyenne Evening leader, Sept. 19; Daily argus, Oct. 25; and Rocky Mountain Star, Dec. 8......1867 First passenger train from Omaha arrives at Cheyenne......Nov. 13, 1867 Gold discovered on the sources of the Sweetwater......1867 Laramie City located on the Union Pacific Railroad......April, 1868 Territory of Wyoming organized by act of Congress out of parts of Dakota, Utah, and Idaho......July 25, 1868 Coal discovered three miles from Evanston, 1868, and first mine opened......1869 Cheyenne designated as the capital of Wyoming