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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Tennessee, (search)
and disembarked, when they met an order from Wilkinson to halt there and await further orders, as he had no instructions concerning their employment; nor had he quarters for their accommodation. There Jackson and his men waited until March 1, when he wrote to the Secretary of War, saying he saw little chance for the employment of his small army in the South, and suggested that they might be used in the North. Day after day he waited anxiously for an answer. At length one came from John Armstrong, the new Secretary of War, who wrote simply that the causes of calling out the Tennessee volunteers to march to New Orleans had ceased to exist, and that on the receipt of that letter they would be dismissed from public service. He was directed to turn over to General Wilkinson all public property that may have been put into his hands. The letter concluded with the tender of cold and formal thanks of the President to Jackson and his troops. The hero's anger was fiercely kindled becaus
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thames, battle of the (search)
een at West Point. The loss in this short but decisive battle is not exactly known. It lasted only about fifteen minutes. The Americans lost about forty-five killed and wounded; the British forty-four, besides 600 made prisoners. Harrison had recovered all that Hull had lost. He had gained much. He had subdued western Canada, broken up the Indian Confederacy, and ended the war on the northwestern border of the Union. The frontier being secured, Harrison dismissed a greater portion of the volunteers. Leaving General Cass (whom he had appointed civil and military governor of Michigan) in command of a garrison at Detroit, composed of 1,000 regulars, he proceeded (Oct. 23) with the remainder of his troops to Niagara, to join the Army of the Centre. For some unexplained reason General Armstrong, the Secretary of War, treated Harrison so badly that the latter left the army, and the country was deprived of his valuable services at a most critical time. See Harrison, William Henry.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Toronto, (search)
Toronto, The name of an Indian village when Governor Simcoe made it the capital of Upper Canada in 1794, and named it York. There the seat of the provincial government remained until 1841, when Upper and Lower Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) formed a legislative union. When the confederation was formed, in 1867, Toronto, the name by which York had been known since 1834, became the permanent seat of government for Ontario. In the winter of 1812-13 the American Secretary of War (John Armstrong) conceived a new plan for an invasion of Canada. He did not think the American troops on the northern frontier sufficiently strong to attack Montreal, and he proposed instead to attack successively Kingston, York (now Toronto), and Fort George, near the mouth of the Niagara River, thus cutting off the communication between Montreal and Upper Canada. As the British had a sloop-of-war on the stocks at York, another fitting out there, and a third repairing, Dearborn and Chauncey were of o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
Adams, British commissioners, at Ghent, Belgium......Aug. 8, 1814 Creek Indians, by treaty, surrender a great part of their territory to the United States......Aug. 9, 1814 Banks in the District of Columbia suspend......Aug. 27, 1814 John Armstrong, Secretary of War, resigns......Sept. 3, 1814 [He was blamed for the capture of Washington.] Third session convenes......Sept. 19, 1814 A resort of pirates and smugglers at Barataria Bay broken up, without resistance, by Commodore March 3, 1843 Bankruptcy act of 1841 repealed......March 3, 1843 Congress appropriates $30,000 to build Morse's electric telegraph from Washington to Baltimore......March 3, 1843 Twenty-seventh Congress adjourns......March 3, 1843 John Armstrong, Secretary of War, 1812, dies at Red Hook, N. Y., aged eighty-five......April 1, 1843 Col. John C. Fremont starts on his second exploring expedition with thirty-nine men......May, 1843 [Reached Salt Lake, Sept. 6, and the Pacific coast,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pennsylvania, (search)
Indian village at Kittanning, on the Alleghany, 45 miles to the north of Pittsburg, headquarters of the Delaware Indians, is surprised and destroyed by Col John Armstrong with 300 Pennsylvanians......Sept. 7, 1756 Franklin sent to England in support of the Assembly's petition against the proprietaries Thomas and Richard Penn rate to others.] Gen. John Forbes begins the advance against Fort Duquesne with some 7,000 troops......July, 1758 [Pennsylvania furnished 2,700 under Col. John Armstrong, among them Benjamin West, afterwards the painter, and Anthony Wayne, a lad of thirteen years; Virginia 1,900, with Washington as leader The Virginia troopsumberland, Md., and the Pennsylvania and other troops at Raystown, now Bedford, Pa. Washington advised the Braddock route for the advance, while Cols Bouquet and Armstrong recommended a more central one, which was adopted.] Extensive emigration to the western part of Pennsylvania......1759-62 Beginning of the Pontiac War.....
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), War of 1812, (search)
eholders themselves, did not like to encourage insurrection elsewhere. General Armstrong, Secretary of War, planned a second invasion of Canada in the autumn of 1rnoy in command at New Orleans, Wilkinson hastened to Washington, D. C., when Armstrong assured him he would find 15,000 troops at his command on the borders of Lakeke, Wilkinson returned to Sackett's Harbor in October, sick with lake fever. Armstrong was there to take personal charge of preparations for an attack upon Kingstonor Montreal. Knowing the personal enmity between Wilkinson and Wade Hampton, Armstrong, accompanied by the adjutant-general, had established the headquarters of theiency to the projected movements. Wilkinson, not liking this interference of Armstrong, wished to resign; but the latter would not consent, for he had no other offiall the rest of the States put together. At the beginning of August, 1814, Armstrong, the Secretary of War, ordered General Izard, in command of a large body of t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, D. C. (search)
a, 96 feet in diameter, containing numerous historical paintings. When the battle of Bladensburg ended in victory for the British, and the Americans were dispersed or in full retreat, President Madison, Secretary of State Monroe, and Secretary of War Armstrong, who had come out to see the fight, and, if possible, to give assistance, hastened back to Washington as fast as fleet horses could carry them. The race created much merriment at the time. A writer in a New York journal said: Shr Scott [his Marmion had recently appeared, and was then very popular], in the next century, write a poem, and call it Madison, or the battle of Bladensburg, we should suggest the following lines for the conclusion: Fly, Monroe, fly! run, Armstrong, run! Were the last words of Madison. The President and his fugitive party were the first to announce to the citizens the loss of the battle and the march of the victors on the capital. Up to this time the conduct of the British had been in a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wyoming Valley, Civil War in the (search)
and military officers there. These the people endured for a while; but when, in July, 1784, two young men were killed by soldiers in the employ of Pennsylvania, the people rose in retaliation, led by Col. John Franklin, of Connecticut. Col. John Armstrong was sent (August) with a considerable force to restore order in the valley. All these movements were directed by the Pennsylvania Assembly, contrary to the general sentiment of the people. The hearts of the people of Wyoming were strengthened by the sympathy of good men. The number of settlers increased, and, defying the soldiers under Armstrong, cultivated their lands, and for two years waited for justice. In 1786 they procured the formation of their district into a new county, which they named Luzerne. Col. Timothy Pickering was sent by the authorities of Pennsylvania to harmonize affairs in that county. He succeeded in part, but restless spirits opposed him, and he became a victim to cruel ill-treatment. Quiet was resto
d), Surg. W. R. Kibler (wounded), Adjt.-Gen. G. A. Williams, Lieutenant Bostick, Lieutenant Dulin and Bugler Jacob Schlosser (wounded). Cols. J. H. Kelly, Eighth, and Samuel G. Smith, Sixth and Seventh, were wounded. Colonel Colquitt, First, was specially mentioned by General Cleburne. General McCown in his report mentioned the bravery of Arkansas color-bearers—Sergts. J. R. Perry and J. C. Davis, Fourth battalion; H. W. Hamblen and J. W. Piles, Second regiment; J. B. Bryant, Lieut. John Armstrong, Lieut. G. D. Gooding, all wounded, and Capt. John W. Lavender, Fourth regiment. The Thirtieth regiment was admiringly mentioned for coolly maintaining its organization though losing its last field officer, Maj. J. J. Franklin, and in one charge seven captains. Seven color-bearers fell in McNair's brigade. General McNair particularly commended last field officer, Maj. L. M. Ramsaur, First rifles (dangerously wounded). Others distinguished were Maj. J. J. Franklin (wounded), Adjt.
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Index (search)
rts emancipation, 267; arranges an interview with Lincoln for the Howes, 271; his faith in Lincoln, 272. Anthon, Charles, professor at Columbia College, 23. Appleton, Thomas G., of Boston, 104; conversation with Samuel Longfellow, 293; his appearance, 431; his wit and culture, 432; lack of serious application, 433; his voyages to Europe, 434. Arconati, Marchese, his hospitality to the Howes, 119. Argyll, Duchess of, declines to aid the woman's peace crusade plan, 338. Armstrong, General, John, father of Mrs. William B. Astor, 64. Association for the Advancement of Women, the, founded, 386; distribution of its congresses, 392. Astor, John Jacob, Washington Irving at the house of, 27; calls on Mrs. Howe's father on New Year's Day, 32; wedding gift of, to his granddaughter, 65; fondness for music, 74; anecdotes of, 75, 76. Astor, William B., his culture and education, 73. Astor, Mrs. William B. (Margaret Armstrong), her recollection of Mrs. Howe's mother, 5; des
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