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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 9 9 Browse Search
Benjamin Cutter, William R. Cutter, History of the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, ormerly the second precinct in Cambridge, or District of Menotomy, afterward the town of West Cambridge. 1635-1879 with a genealogical register of the inhabitants of the precinct. 4 4 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 8 2 2 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 7, 4th edition. 2 2 Browse Search
Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 1 1 Browse Search
Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order 1 1 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 1 1 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 1 1 Browse Search
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1 1 1 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. 1 1 Browse Search
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that for Mecklenburg County is claimed the honor of making the first Declaration of Independence from the mother-country. According to the historian of these events, Colonel Thomas Polk convoked the meeting that took this first step in treason. He was a prime mover for resistance, an active patriot and soldier in the War of the Revolution, and rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the State forces. William Polk, his eldest son, then a lad not seventeen years old, left college in April, 1775, to become a lieutenant in the South Carolina line. He was actively engaged to the end of the war, toward the close as lieutenant-colonel, and was twice desperately wounded, once in the shoulder and again in the mouth. In 1783, he was made Surveyor-General of Middle Tennessee, and removed to where Nashville now stands. He returned, however, to North Carolina, where he held various honorable and important trusts, and died at Raleigh in 1834, aged seventy-six years. Like his father, he w
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Febiger, Christian (search)
Febiger, Christian Military officer; born on Fuinen Island, Denmark, in 1747; rendered military service before entering the American army in April, 1775; was in the battle of Bunker Hill, where he led a portion of a regiment of which he was adjutant; accompanied Arnold to Quebec a few months afterwards, where he was made a prisoner; and served with great fidelity throughout the war He was conspicuous in the assault on Stony Point (July, 1779), leading one of the attacking columns; also at Yorktown, where he commanded the 2d Virginia Regiment, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. From 1789 till his death, in Philadelphia, Sept. 20, 1796, Colonel Febiger was treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), George (William Frederick) 1737-1820 (search)
sh, and others, Thomas Paine (q. v.), an emigrant from England, and a clear and powerful writer, prepared an appeal to the people of America in favor of independence. The British ministry, either blind or wicked, misled George III. into the belief that a few regiments could subdue Massachusetts, and that New York could easily be seduced to the support of the crown by immunities and benefactions. The deceived monarch, therefore, ordered letters to be written to Gage, at the middle of April, 1775, to take possession of every colonial fort; to seize and secure all military stores of every kind collected for the rebels ; to arrest and imprison all such as should be thought to have committed treason; to repress rebellion by force; to make the public safety the first object of consideration, and to substitute more coercive measures for ordinary forms of procedure, without pausing to require the aid of a civil magistrate. Four regiments, at first destined for Boston, were ordered to N
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hancock, John 1737- (search)
visit the President next day, and repeat in person the insufficient excuse for his own folly. Arraignment of Great Britain. As before stated, Hancock and Samuel Adams were both elected members of the Provincial Congress at Concord early in 1774. On March 5 of that year Hancock delivered the following oration in Boston, which was the principal cause of his being outlawed, together with Samuel Adams, by General Gage, early in the following year. The British expedition to Concord in April, 1775, which led to the battle of Lexington, was undertaken to secure the arrest of both Hancock and Samuel Adams: Men, Brethren, Fathers, and Fellow-Countrymen,—The attentive gravity, the venerable appearance of this crowded audience; the dignity which I behold in the countenances of so many in this great assembly; the solemnity of the occasion upon which we have met together, joined to a consideration of the part I am to take in the important business of this day, fill me with an awe hi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), O'Brien, Jeremiah 1740- (search)
O'Brien, Jeremiah 1740- Naval officer; born in Scarboro, Me., in 1740. On hearing of the affair at Lexington (April, 1775), he and four brothers, and a few volunteers, captured a British armed schooner in Machias Bay, May 11, 1775. Jeremiah was the leader. It was the first naval victory, and the first blow struck on the water, after the war began. O'Brien soon afterwards made other captures. and he was commissioned a captain in the Massachusetts navy. He commanded a privateer, but was captured, and suffered six months in the Jersey prison-ship (q. v.). He was also confined in Mill Prison, England, a year, when he escaped and returned home. At the time of his death, Oct. 5, 1818, O'Brien was collector of customs at Machias.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Smith, Francis 1720-1791 (search)
Smith, Francis 1720-1791 Military officer; born in England about 1720; became colonel and aide-de-camp to the King in 1775; came to America early that year, and commanded the troops sent to seize the American stores at Concord, in April, 1775. In the skirmish at Lexington he was wounded. Made a brigadier-general, he commanded a brigade in the battle on Long Island and that on Quaker Hill. He died in England, Nov. 17, 1791.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
. 11, 1775; New Hampshire, Jan. 25, 1775; Delaware, March 15, 1775; Virginia, March 20, 1775; North Carolina, April 7, 1775; New Jersey, May 26, 1775.] Rhode Island colonists seize forty-four pieces of ordnance at Newport......Dec. 6, 1774 Maryland convention enrolls the militia and votes £10,000 to purchase arms......Dec. 8-12, 1774 New Hampshire freemen seize 100 barrels of powder and some ordnance at Portsmouth......Dec. 11, 1774 Benjamin Franklin returns from England......April, 1775 Delegates from Georgia to Congress by letter express loyalty, and explain inability to attend......April 8, 1775 First anti-slavery society in the United States formed by Quakers of Philadelphia......April 14, 1775 Battle of Lexington, Mass., at dawn of......April 19, 1775 [For the chronological record of the war for independence see Revolutionary War, in vol. VII.] Letters from England to public officials in America, expressing determination of England to coerce the colo
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
, who finds on the ground bones of the mastodon......1773 First log-cabin in Kentucky built by James Harrod, at Harrodsburg......1774 Treaty with Cherokees at Wataga, Col. Richard Henderson, Nathaniel Hart, and others acquire, for £ 10,000, the territory between the Ohio, Kentucky, and Cumberland rivers......March 17, 1775 Fort begun on south side of Kentucky River called Boonesboro, and settlements started at Boiling Springs and St. Asaph's, or Fort Logan, in Lincoln county......April, 1775 Under a call of Colonel Henderson, though his purchase was not recognized by Virginia, the people in convention at Boonesboro adopt a proprietary government for their new State of Transylvania and pass laws......May 23, 1775 Simon Kenton and Thomas Williams land at the mouth of Limestone Creek, now Maysville, and plant a corn crop......May, 1775 Daniel Boone and others bring their wives and children into Kentucky......September, 1775 Representatives of Transylvania at Oxford,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pennsylvania, (search)
tion by Parliament, and requests the tea agents to resign, which they readily do......Oct. 2, 1773 Tea ship sent back to England before it reaches Philadelphia......Dec. 25, 1773 First Continental Congress assembles at Philadelphia......Sept. 5, 1774 Assembly of Pennsylvania approves the doings of Congress, and appoints delegates to the new one......Dec. 15, 1774 Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England, giving up hope of reconciliation, after an absence of ten years......April, 1775 Second Continental Congress meets at Philadelphia......May 10, 1775 Committee of safety appointed, Franklin president......June 30, 1775 Pennsylvania instructs her delegates to the Continental Congress to dissent from and reject any proposition looking to a separation from England......November, 1775 Common sense, a pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published in Philadelphia......January, 1776 Assembly of Pennsylvania, under pressure of public opinion, rescinds the instructions to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), South Carolina, (search)
Congress of 184 members, including the forty-nine members of the constitutional Assembly, meet and approve proceedings of Continental Congress......Jan. 11, 1775 Letters from England to public officials in America intercepted at Charleston furnish abundant evidence of the determination of England to coerce America by force......April 19, 1775 On receiving news of the battle of Lexington, the arms are removed from the arsenal at Charleston and distributed among the enlisted men......April, 1775 Ship Betsey, from London, surprised by a Carolina privateer, and 111 barrels of powder captured.......August, 1775 Fort Johnson garrisoned by Captain Heyward and the Charleston artillery......September, 1775 Governor Campbell, last royal governor, dissolves the Assembly and retires to the sloop-of-war Tamar......Sept. 15, 1775 Hostilities in South Carolina begun by the British vessels Tamar and Cherokee making a night attack on the schooner Defence, Captain Tufts, while blocki
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