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uquesne, stained all the border of Pennsylvania with murder and scalping. To destroy them, three hundred Pennsylvanians crossed the Alleghanies, conducted by John Armstrong, of Cumberland County, famed as inheriting the courage of the Scottish covenanters. In the night following the seventh of September, the avenging party, haacobs and others attempting flight, were shot and scalped; the town was burned to ashes, never to be rebuilt by savages. But the Americans lost sixteen men; and Armstrong himself was among the wounded. Hugh Mercer, captain of the company which suffered most, was hit by a musket-ball in the arm, and with five others separated from the main body; but, guided by the stars and rivulets, they soon found their way back. The conduct of Armstrong in leading his party through the mountainous wilderness, and reaching the town without being discovered, was universally applauded. Philadelphia voted honors to him and his gallant band; Pennsylvania has given his name
nd Anthony Wayne then a boy of thirteen, raised for the expedition twenty-seven hundred men. Their senior officer was John Armstrong, already famed for his display of courage and skill at Kittanning. With Washington as their leader, Virginia sent twur time has been misspent, cried Washington, angry at delay, and obstinately opposed to the opening the new route which Armstrong, of Pennsylvania, as obstinately advocated. But Forbes preserved a clear head and a firm will, or as he himself expresenteenth, at Bushy Run. All, he reported, are in fine spirits and anxious to go on. On the nineteenth, Washington left Armstrong to wait for the Highlanders, and, taking the lead, dispelled by his vigilance every apprehension of the enemy's approacthe twenty-fifth of November, the little army moved on in one body, and at evening the youthful hero could point out to Armstrong and the hardy provincials, who marched in front, to the Highlanders and Royal Americans, to Forbes himself, the meeting
espondent at the University of Virginia sends us the following account of an exponent of private John Armstrong, of the Berkeley Border Guard, (Capt. Nadenbush,) Col.Allen's (2d Virginia) Regiment, at the battle of Manassas on the 21st July: Mr. Armstrong after aiding in the re-capture of a part of Sherman's Battery, (consisting of a guns then in the possession of some N. Y. Zouaves,) becameleft him untouched. At this time five Yankees crossed the fence about thirty yards from where Armstrong lay, running to join their regiment not far off. One of them dropped his gun. Armstrong pickedArmstrong picked it up and shot him dead, and continued the pursuit, when all four wheeled and fired on him, one ball taking effect in the left arm. Nothing daunted, he still pursued until he overtook the hindmost, bove statement is corroborated by several of his company, who believe it entirely reliable. Mr. Armstrong has three bullet holes through his shirt; besides the one which wounded him, but at what per
The Daily Dispatch: November 2, 1863., [Electronic resource], The execution of Dr. Wright at Norfolk — further particulars. (search)
he order for execution was also read. The Doctor listened to them calmly, and without evincing any emotion. Dr. Rodman now offered up a prayer, at the conclusion of which Dr. Wright advanced a few steps forward, and in a tremulous voice said, "Gentlemen, the act which I committed was done without the slightest malice." His hands were now tied. Rending on his knees, he prayed most fervently for a few minutes. Upon arising, the cap was adjusted over his face, and the executioner, Mr. John Armstrong, of Co. B, 21st Connecticut regiment, stepped from the platform and pulled the rope attached to the bar which supported the drop. All this time a breathless stillness prevailed, and as the doctor descended through the trap a shudder appeared to run through every one present.--He fell without a struggle. His death must have been instantaneous, as not a motion was perceived. It was a few minutes after 10 when the signal to lower the trap was given. The body after hanging a half h
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