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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Amherst, Sir Jeffrey, 1717- (search)
Amherst, Sir Jeffrey, 1717- Military officer; born in Kent, England, Jan. 29, 1717; became an ensign in the army in 1731, and was aide to Lord Ligonier and the Duke of Cumberland. In 1756 he was promoted to major-general and given the command of the expedition against Louisburg in Sir Jeffrey Amherst. 1758, which resulted in its capture, with other French strongholds in that vicinity. In September, that year, he was appointed commander-in-chief in America, and led the troops in person, in 1759, that drove the French from Lake Champlain. The next year he captured Montreal and completed the conquest of Canada. For these acts he was rewarded with the thanks of Parliament and the Order of the Bath. In 1763 he was appointed governor of Virginia. The atrocities of the Indians in May and June of that year aroused the anger and the energies of Sir Jeffrey, and he contemplated hurling swift destruction upon the barbarians. He denounced Pontiac as the chief ringleader of mischief ;
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ticonderoga, operations at (search)
bloody conflict of four hours, the assailants were compelled to fall back to Lake George, leaving about 2,000 men dead or wounded in the forest. Abercrombie then hastened to his camp at the head of the lake. The loss of the French was inconsiderable. Pitt conceived a magnificent plan for the campaign of 1759, the principal feature of which was the conquest of all Canada, and so ending the puissance of France in America. Abercrombie, who had been unsuccessful, was superseded by Gen. Sir Jeffrey Amherst in the command of the British forces in America in the spring of 1759. The new commander found 20,000 provincial troops at his disposal. A competent land and naval force was sent from England to co-operate with the Americans. The plan of operations against Canada was similar to that of Phipps and Winthrop in 1690. A powerful land and naval force, under Gen. James Wolfe, were to ascend the St. Lawrence and attack Quebec. Another force, under Amherst, was to drive the French from
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Michigan, (search)
land (thirty-two acres) made at Detroit by Cadillac to Francois Fafard Delorme......1707 Detroit attacked by the Fox Indians; after a three-weeks' siege the French garrison of twenty soldiers, under M. du Buisson, drive the Indians back with severe loss......May, 1712 Pontiac, with Ottawa Indians, assists in the defence of Detroit against the combined Northern tribes under Mackinac......1746 Further emigration from France to Detroit......1749 Maj. Robert Rogers is ordered by General Amherst, at Montreal, to take possession of the posts in Michigan and administer the oath of allegiance to the French subjects there......Sept. 12, 1760 Pontiac makes peace with Major Rogers, and attends the English to Detroit......Nov. 7, 1760 Detroit capitulates, English flag raised on the fort......Nov. 29, 1760 British seize the forts at Mackinaw and Green Bay......Sept. 8, 1761 Indian tribes in the Northwest, incited by Pontiac against the English, capture Fort St. Joseph......
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Hampshire, (search)
Convention assembles at Exeter, Feb. 13, adjourns to Concord, and ratifies the Constitution of the United States by a vote of 57 to 47......June 21, 1788 President Washington, on a tour of observation, arrives at Portsmouth......Oct. 30, 1789 Portsmouth Journal established at Portsmouth......1789 An academy, the second in the State, opened at New Ipswich......1789 Publication of Concord Herald begun by George Hough......Jan. 5, 1790 Academies incorporated at Atkinson and Amherst......1791 Four post-routes appointed through the interior of the State......1791 New Hampshire Medical Society incorporated......1791 Bank established at Portsmouth......1792 Convention assembles at Concord, Sept. 7, 1791, revises the State constitution, changes the title of the chief magistrate from president to governor, and completes its labors......Sept. 5, 1792 Elder Jesse Lee, coming from Virginia, visits New Hampshire; founds the first Methodist society in the State...
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Woodhull, Nathaniel 1722-1776 (search)
Woodhull, Nathaniel 1722-1776 Military officer; born in Mastic, Suffolk co., Long Island, N. Y., Dec. 30, 1722; served in the French and Indian War, and was colonel of a New York regiment under Amherst. In 1769 he was in the New York Assembly, and was one of the few in that body who resisted the obnoxious measures of the British Parliament. In 1776 he was president of the New York Provincial Congress. On the landing of the British on Long Island, he put himself at the head of the militia, with whom he fought in the battle of Long Island. A few days afterwards he was surprised by a party of British light-horsemen, near Jamaica, and, after surrendering his The House in which Woodhull died. sword, he was cruelly cut with the weapons of his captors, of which wounds he died at an ancient stone-house at New Utrecht, Long Island, Sept. 10, 1776. A narrative of his capture and death was published by Henry Onderdonk, Jr., in 1848. His own Journal of the Montreal expedition in 17