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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. Admiral Farragut says in a communication made in April, 1869: historians are not always correct; for my own part, I maintain the conviction that whatever errors may be made by the hands of historians and others, posterity will always give justice to whom justice is due. this is true, and in no case has it been more clearly demonstrated than in that of Admiral Farragut himself, who reaped the highest honors that could be won in the Navy, without a dissenting voice; and who, as time passes, will only gather more laurels to surround his monument and be handed down to posterity as the most famous Admiral of the American Navy. Farragut received so many honors himself that he could well afford to spare to those who served under him, any that may have been withheld from them by accidental omission or otherwise. He leaves it to posterity to do justice where justice has not been awarded, and therefore we give a piece
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Lee's final and full report of the Pennsylvania campaign and battle of Gettysburg. (search)
Mr. Henry B. Dawson, at Morrisania, New York, there is a copy of General Lee's report of the Pennsylvania campaign and the battle of Gettysburg. This report was furnished to the Historical magazine by Mr. William Swinton, who says that it chanced to be on the person of one of General Lee's staff-officers at the time of the destruction of his headquarters papers on the retreat from Petersburg; but he declines to state how he came in possession of it. In a conversation with General Lee, in April, 1869, I was informed by him that he had received a copy of the report as published, and he said that the report was substantially correct, though he was at a loss as to how Mr. Swinton got possession of it. He stated that the report as prepared for the Adjutant-General at Richmond was with his other papers in the headquarters wagons on the retreat, and that when he found the wagons cut off and about to fall into the hands of the enemy's cavalry, he sent a courier to destroy all the papers; and
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Literary notices. (search)
ish. But we think that even General Longstreet, had he done us the honor to read our introduction to the report (vol. II, pp. 33-34), would be compelled to admit the overwhelming proofs of the genuiness of this report. We have only space to repeat them very briefly : 1. The report was originally published in 1869--nearly two years before General Lee's death — by Mr. Wm. Swinton (author of the Army of the Potomac ) in the february number of the Historical Magazine, New York. 2. In April, 1869, General Lee told General Early that he had received the published copy of the report and that it was substantially correct. 3. Colonel Charles Marshall, General Lee's Military Secretary, stated that he had lent Mr. Swinton the original rough draft of the report from which a copy had been made for General Lee, and which was the same as that published in the Historical Magazine. 4. The copy from which we printed was a Ms. found among the papers of Michael Kelly, who was a clerk in Ge
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mitchell, Maria 1818-1869 (search)
Mitchell, Maria 1818-1869 Astronomer; born in Nantucket, Mass., Aug. 1, 1818; inherited from her father, William Mitchell (who died in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in April, 1869), a fondness for astronomical studies and became a valuable assistant to him in the study of astronomy when she was quite young. Examining nebulae and searching for comets, her industry and efforts were rewarded when, on Oct. 1, 1847, she discovered a telescopic comet, for which she received a gold medal from the King of Denmark. She was afterwards employed in making observations connected with the United States coast survey, and for many years assisted in the compilation of the Nautical almanac. In the spring of 1865 she was appointed Professor of Astronomy and superintendent of the observatory at Vassar College, and entered upon her duties in September. She resigned in 1888. Professor Mitchell was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, being the first woman admitted to that b
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of South Carolina, (search)
inance of secession, and declared slavery abolished. In October James L. Orr was chosen governor, with other State officers, and the government passed into their hands Dec. 25, 1865. This government continued until superseded (March, 1867) by military government, South and North Carolina being included in one military district. On Jan. 14, 1868, at a convention composed of thirty-four white people and sixty-three colored, a constitution was adopted, which was ratified at an election in April, 1869, by a large majority. Members of the legislature (72 white and 85 colored) and representatives in Congress were chosen. Reorganization was practically completed on the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, by the withdrawal of the military authorities on July 13. 1868. The legislature ratified the Fifteenth Amendment of the national Constitution March 11, 1869. Population in 1890, 1,151,149; in 1900, 1,340,316. See United States, South Carolina, in vol. IX. Proprietary govern
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sumner, Charles 1811- (search)
or. From this blow he never fully recovered. Brooks was Charles Sumner. rewarded for this act by his constituents with the present of a gold-headed cane and a re-election to Congress. In the Senate in January, 1862, Senator Sumner argued that the seizure of Mason and Slidell was unjustifiable, according to the principles of international law. His voice was heard frequently during the war in defence of the national policy, and in 1865 he pronounced a eulogy on President Lincoln. In April, 1869, his speech on American claims on England caused great excitement and indignation in Great Britain, where it was supposed to threaten war and an attempt to excite popular feeling against that country. In the same year his opposition to the scheme for the annexation of Santo Domingo to the United States brought him into collision with President Grant, and led to Sumner's removal from the chairmanship of the committee on foreign relations in March, 1870. He afterwards separated from the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Delaware, (search)
vision for the United States of election for Congressman; opposition in public meeting at New Castle decide not to vote, as a protest against the interference......Nov. 17, 1863 Delaware creates her first State debt by issuing bonds for the sum of $1,000,000 for obtaining substitutes for the draft......1864 Equal rights convention held at Wilmington......Sept. 4, 1864 General tax act passed, including corporation tax on railroad capital stock, net earnings, and rolling stock......April, 1869 Woman's suffrage convention at Wilmington......November, 1869 Ratification of Fifteenth Amendment celebrated by colored people......April 14, 1870 New Castle, with a population of 2,300, incorporated as a city......1875 School bill passed; board of education to consist of the president of Delaware College, secretary of State, and State editor......1875 Act passed imposing a fine on any person taking part in any political torchlight parade......1881 High license bill pa
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
t hangs on far Vesuvius's crest; And beyond the glowing town, and guiltless sea, sweet rest. Tom Appleton was greatly interested in the performances of the spiritualists, trance mediums, and other persons pretending to supernatural powers. How far he believed in this occult science can now only be conjectured, but he was not a man to be easily played upon. He thought at least that there was more in it than was dreamed of by philosophers. When the Longfellow party was at Florence in April, 1869, Prince George of Hanover, recently driven from his kingdom by Bismarck, called to see the poet, and finding that he had gone out, was entertained by Mr. Appleton with some remarkable stories of hypnotic and spiritualistic performances. The prince, who was a most amiable looking young German, was evidently very much interested. Deafness came upon Mr. Appleton in the last years of his life, though not so as to prevent his enjoying the society of those who had clear voices and who spok
thful, but of a kind which will not bear repeating. Why, said the horror-stricken culprit, I thought that this was Mrs. Stowe's place! You thought it was Mrs. Stowe's place! Then, in a voice of thunder, I would have you understand, sir, that I am the proprietor and protector of Mrs. Stowe and of this place, and if you commit any more such shameful depredations I will have you punished as you deserve! Thus this predatory Yankee was taught to realize that there is a God in Israel. In April, 1869, Mrs. Stowe was obliged to hurry North in order to visit Canada in time to protect her English rights in Oldtown folks, which she had just finished. About this time she secured a plot of land, and made arrangements for the erection on it of a building that should be used as a schoolhouse through the week, and as a church on Sunday. For several years Professor Stowe preached during the winter in this little school house, and Mrs. Stowe conducted Sunday-school, sewing classes, singing c
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 54: President Grant's cabinet.—A. T. Stewart's disability.—Mr. Fish, Secretary of State.—Motley, minister to England.—the Alabama claims.—the Johnson-Clarendon convention.— the senator's speech: its reception in this country and in England.—the British proclamation of belligerency.— national claims.—instructions to Motley.—consultations with Fish.—political address in the autumn.— lecture on caste.—1869. (search)
r the whole damages of the war. Allow me to observe in the first place, wrote the earl, May 4, that I can never admit that the duties of Great Britain towards the United States are to be measured by the losses which the trade and commerce of the United States may have sustained. Reverdy Johnson, who had first put aside the national claims, brought them forward under instructions in his letters to Lord Clarendon, March 25 and April 9, 1869. All this was written before Sumner's speech in April, 1869, which in no respect advanced beyond the positions of our government. Later there was no variance in official communications. The instructions to Motley, Sept. 25, 1869, were in striking conformity with Sumner's speech on this point as well as on others. They made the objections to the Johnson-Clarendon convention which he made; they set up, as he had set up, the pro-slavery origin of the rebellion, the inability of the Confederates, being without ports or prize courts, to be bellige
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