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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fisher, Fort (search)
tant, there was no perceptible effect upon the fort. Landing troops at Fort Fisher. The appointed rendezvous of the expedition was 25 miles off the coast, facing Fort Fisher, so as not to be discovered by the Confederates until ready for action. There was a delay in the arrival of the war vessels, and the transports, coaled and watered for only ten days, were compelled to run up to Beaufort Harbor, N. C., for both, the fleet remaining off Fort Fisher. The transports returned on Christmas evening; the next morning the war vessels opened a bombardment, and at 3 P. M. the troops began their debarkation two miles above the fort. Only a part of the troops had been landed when the surf ran too high to permit more to go ashore. These marched down to attack the fort. Not a gun had been dismounted, and, as they were ready to rake the narrow peninsula on which the troops stood the moment the fleet should withhold its fire, prudence seemed to require the troops to withdraw. They di
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ghent, treaty of (search)
Ghent, treaty of The treaty between the United States and Great Britain, which terminated the War of 1812. The American commissioners were John Quincy Adams, James Bayard, Henry Clay, Jonathan Russell, and Albert Gallatin; the British commissioners were Lord Gambier, Henry Goulburn, and William Adams. The American commissioners assembled in the city of Ghent, Belgium, in July, 1814; the British commissioners early in the following month. The terms of the treaty were concluded Dec. 24, following, and the ratifications were exchanged Feb. 17, 1815. While the negotiations were in progress the leading citizens of Ghent took great interest in the matter. Their sympathies were with the Americans, and they mingled their rejoicings with the commissioners when the work was done. On Oct. 27 the Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts at Ghent invited the American commissioners to attend their exercises, when they were all elected honorary members of the academy. A sumptuous dinner was giv
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hale, Edward Everett 1822- (search)
Hale, Edward Everett 1822- Clergyman; born in Boston, April 3, 1822; graduated at Harvard College in 1839; studied theology and became minister of the Church of the Unity, Worcester, Mass., in Edward Everett Hale. 1846, where he remained till 1856, when he became minister of the South church (Unitarian), Boston. In May, 1899, he resigned his pastorate after a service of forty-three years. He is the author of The man without a country; Ten times One is ten; Margaret Percival in America; In his name; Mr. Tangiers' vacations; Mrs. Merriam's scholars; His level best; Ups and Downs; Fortunes of Rachel; Four and five; Crusoe in New York; Christmas eve and Christmas day; Our Christmas in a Palace; Sketches in Christian history; Kansas and Nebraska; What career? boys' heroes; Sybaris, and other homes; For fifty years; A New England boyhood; Chautauquan history of the United States, etc. See lend-A-hand clubs
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Howells, William Dean 1837- (search)
where he worked as compositor, correspondent, and editor. In 1861-65 he was United States consul in Venice, and while there studied Italian language and literature; in 1865-66 was an editorial writer on The nation, and in 1866-72 its assistant editor; in 1872-81 editor of the Atlantic monthly; in 1886-91 an editorial contributor to Harper's magazine, and later for a short time editor of the Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1900 he was called to occupy the Editor's easy chair in Harper's monthly magazine, which had been vacant since the death of George William Curtis in 1892. He is the author of Life of Abraham Lincoln; Venetian life; Italian journeys; Life of Rutherford B. Hayes; The undiscovered country; William Dean Howells. A woman's reason; Christmas every day; The day of their wedding; An open-eyed conspiracy; Stories of Ohio; Ragged Lady; Their silver wedding journey, and many others. He was also the editor of Choice biographies, with essays, and Library of universal adventure.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Polk, James Knox 1795-1849 (search)
h the United States, and to receive our minister to negotiate for the settlement of this question was violently assailed, and was made the great theme of denunciation against it. The government of General Herrera, there is good reason to believe, was sincerely desirous to receive our minister; but it yielded to the storm raised by its enemies, and upon Dec. 21 refused to accredit Mr. Slidell upon the most frivolous pretexts. These are so fully and ably exposed in the note of Mr. Slidell of Dec. 24 last, to the Mexican minister of foreign relations, herewith transmitted, that I deem it unnecessary to enter into further detail on this portion of the subject. Five days after the date of Mr. Slidell's note General Herrera yielded the government to General Paredes without a struggle, and on Dec. 30 resigned the Presidency. This revolution was accomplished solely by the army, the people having taken little part in the contest; and thus the supreme power in Mexico passed into the hands
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Resolutions of 1798. (search)
ares, the people of the United States, but only the States as political corporations. The logical effect of this doctrine, practically, would be to destroy the Union, and relegate it to the barren desert of the Articles of Confederation, or anarchy under the name of government. These resolutions —the last two modified by Nicholas— passed the Kentucky legislature, Nov. 14, 1798, with only two or three dissenting votes. These nullification doctrines were echoed by the Virginia legislature, Dec. 24, in a series of resolutions drafted by Madison, and offered by John Taylor, of Caroline, who, a few months before, had suggested the idea of a separate confederacy, to be composed of Virginia and North Carolina. Madison's resolutions were more general in their terms, and allowed latitude in their interpretation. They were passed, after a warm debate, by a vote of 100 to 63 in the House of Delegates, and 14 to 3 in the Senate. They were sent to the other States, accompanied by an address,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Robertson, James 1742-1814 (search)
in Brunswick county, Va., June 28, 1742; emigrated to the regions beyond the mountains about 1760. and on the banks of the Watauga, a branch of the Tennessee; made a settlement and lived there several years. He was often called upon to contest for life with the savages of the forest. In 1776 he was chosen to command a fort built James Robertson. near the mouth of the Watauga. In 1779 he was at the head of a party emigrating to the still richer country of the Cumberland, and upon Christmas Eve of that year they arrived upon the spot where Nashville now stands. Others joined them, and in the following summer they numbered about 200. A settlement was established, and Robertson founded the city of Nashville. The Cherokee Indians attempted to destroy the settlement, but, through the skill and energy of Robertson and a few companions, that calamity was averted. They built a log fort on the high bank of the Cumberland, and in that the settlers were defended against fully 700 Ind
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
1864 Savannah, evacuated by Confederates Dec. 20, occupied by Sherman......Dec. 21, 1864 Grade of vice-admiral established for the United States navy by act of Congress......Dec. 21, 1864 Fort Fisher, N. C., bombarded by General Porter, Dec. 24, and unsuccessfully attacked by Generals Butler and Porter......Dec. 25, 1864 Vice-President Hamlin resumes the chair in the Senate......Jan. 5, 1865 General Grierson's raid; after destroying 100 miles of railroad, taking 600 prisoners and's message read in House and Senate......Dec. 6, 1892 Proclamations of the President setting apart the South Platte forest reserve in Colorado, Dec. 9; San Gabriel timber reservation, California, Dec. 20; Battlement forest reserve, Colorado, Dec. 24; and Afognak forest and fish-culture reserve in Alaska......Dec. 24, 1892 President issues a proclamation of amnesty to Mormons liable to prosecution for polygamy on condition of future obedience to law......Jan. 4, 1893 Pensioners of Mexi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
itution......Dec. 3, 1838 Robert H. Reid appointed territorial governor......1839 Indians attack Colonel Harney's post on the Carloosahatchee......July 23, 1839 During this and four years previous Florida furnished 5,342 volunteers for the Indian war......1839 General Taylor asking to be relieved, Brevet Brig.-Gen. W. R. Armistead is assigned to command in Florida......May 6, 1840 Battles with Indians at Fort King, Marion county, April 28; Waccahoota, Sept. 6; Everglades, Dec. 3-24; Micanopy......Dec. 28, 1840 Battle at Fort Brooke......March 2, 1841 General Armistead relieved at his request, and Gen. William J. Worth takes command......May 31, 1841 Richard K. Call reappointed territorial governor......1841 Battle at Hawe Creek, Jan. 25; at Pilakikaha......April 19, 1842 General Worth, by general order, announces the cessation of hostilities with Indians in Florida......Aug. 14, 1842 Officers and soldiers who died in the Florida war buried at St. Augus
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
e Canal enlargement completed; entire cost, $52,491,915.74......1862 Horatio Seymour, Democrat, elected governor......November, 1862 Manhattan College, at Manhattanville, New York City, incorporated by the regents......April 2, 1863 Peace meeting held in New York City, called by leading Democrats to devise means for ending the Civil War......June 3, 1863 Clement C. Moore, born in New York, 1779, dies at Newport, R. I.......July 10, 1863 [Author of the ballad, 'Twas the night before Christmas.] Draft riots in New York City......July 13-16, 1863 [About 1,000 killed. Claims for damages amounting to $1,500,000 presented.] Normal school at Oswego established......1863 Reuben E. Fenton, Republican, elected governor......November, 1864 Number of troops furnished by the State in the Civil War in all branches of the service reduced to a three years standard was 392,270, about 12 per cent. of the population......1865 Eliphalet Nott, born in 1773, dies at Schenect
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