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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Essex, the, (search)
Essex, the, A frigate of 860 tons, rated at thirty-two guns, but actually carried forty-six; built in Salem, Mass., in 1799. On June 26, 1812, under command of Capt. David Porter, she left Sandy Hook, N. J., on a cruise, with a flag at her masthead bearing the significant words, free-trade and sailors' rights. He soon captured several English merchant vesels, making trophy bonfires of most of them on the ocean, and their crews his prisoners. After cruising southward several weeks in disguise, capturing a prize now and then, he turned northward, and chased a fleet of English transports bearing 1,000 troops to Halifax, convoyed by a frigate and a bomb-vessel. He captured one of the transports, and a few days afterwards (Aug. 13) fell in with the British armed ship Alert, Capt. T. L. P. Langhorne, mounting twenty 18-pounder carronades and six smaller guns. the Essex was disguised as a merchantman. the Alert followed her for some time, and at length opened fire with three chee
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stedman, Charles 1745-1812 (search)
Stedman, Charles 1745-1812 Military officer; born in England about 1745; joined the British army and served against the colonists in the American Revolution; took part in the battle of Lexington, and afterwards served under Howe in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and then with Cornwallis in the South. He was the author of The history of the origin, progress, and termination of the American War. He died in London, England, June 26, 1812.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
o) of the four seamen taken by force from the Chesapeake by the Leopard in 1807, arrives at Boston, and delivers the men to the United States......June 12, 1812 Orders in council abandoned by England......June 17, 1812 War declared against Great Britain (vote in the Senate, 19 to 13; in the House, 79 to 49)......June 18, 1812 Army raised to twenty-five regiments of infantry, four regiments of artillery, two regiments of dragoons, and one of riflemen; total, 36,700 on paper......June 26, 1812 [For a chronological record of the chief battles and naval engagements between the United States and Great Britain, see War of 1812.] Duties on imports doubled......July 1, 1812 First session adjourns......July 6, 1812 [This Congress had passed 138 acts in a session of 245 days. In the House Josiah Quincy, of Massachusetts, and John Randolph, of Roanoke, were the leaders in the opposition to the war; Henry Clay, of Kentucky, and John C. Calhoun, of South Carolina, in favor of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), War of 1812, (search)
nternal duties and excise was devised. In March, Congress authorized a loan of $11,000,000, at an annual interest not to exceed 6 per cent., reimbursable in twelve years. When war was declared, only little more than half the loan was taken, and the President was authorized to issue treasury notes, payable in one year, bearing an annual interest of 5 3/5 per cent. Measures were also devised for strengthening the military force. It was weak when war was declared. Congress passed an act, June 26, 1812, for the consolidation of the old army with new levies, the regular force to consist of twenty regiments of foot, four of artillery, two of dragoons, and one of riflemen, which, with engineers and artificers, would make a force of 36,700 men. Little reliance could be placed on the militia, who would not be compelled, by law, to go beyond the bounds of their respective States. The navy was very weak, in comparison with that of the enemy, the acknowledged mistress of the seas. It consis