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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Confederate States of America (search)
he congregation after giving notice that General Ewell, the commander in Richmond, desired the local forces to assemble at 3 P. M. The Secretary of State (Benjamin), being a Jew, was not at church; the Secretary of the Navy (Mallory), a Roman Catholic, was at mass, in St. Peter's Cathedral; the Secretary of the Treasury (Trenholm) was sick; the Postmaster-General (Reagan) was at Dr. Petrie's Baptist Church; and the Confederate State Department seal. Secretary of War (Breckinridge) was at Dr. Duncan's church. The inhabitants of the city were kept in the most painful suspense for hours, for rumor was busy. Towards evening wagons were loaded at the departments and driven to the stations of the Danville Railway, preparatory to the flight of the government officers. At eight o'clock in the evening President Davis left the city by railway, taking with him horses and carriages to use in case the road should be interrupted, declaring that he would not give up the struggle, but would mak
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), El Molino del Rey, capture of. (search)
ight wing. The battle began at dawn by Huger's 24-pounder opening on El Molino del Rey, when Major Wright, of the 8th Infantry, fell upon the centre with 500 picked men. On the left was the 2d Brigade, commanded by Colonel McIntosh, supported by Duncan's battery. The assault of Major Wright on the centre drove back infantry and artillery, and the Mexican field-battery was captured. The Mexicans soon rallied and regained their position, and a terrible struggle ensued. El Molino del Rey was sotle around Casa de Mata was raging fiercely. For a moment the Americans reeled, but soon recovered, when a large column of Mexicans was seen filing around the right of their intrenchments to fall upon the Americans who had been driven back, when Duncan's battery opened upon them so destructively that the Mexican column was scattered in confusion. Then Sumner's dragoons charged upon them, and their rout was complete. The slaughter had been dreadful. Nearly one-fourth of Worth's corps were eit
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Falkland Islands, the (search)
the lessee of the Falkland Islands, lying east of Patagonia, South America. These islands were under the protection of Buenos Ayres, and had been leased to Don Louis Vernet, who undertook to compel sailing vessels to take out license to catch seals under his authority. He captured three American vessels, and when the news of this and other outrages reached the United States, the President, always prompt in the vindication of the rights of his countrymen against foreign aggressors, sent Captain Duncan, in the ship-of-war Lexington, to protect American sealers in that region. In December, 1831, he broke up Vernet's establishment, restored the captured prop- Fair Oaks. erty to the owners, and sent seven of the most prominent actors to Buenos Ayres for trial. The authorities of that republic were indignant at this treatment of Vernet, as he was under the protection of their flag, but they did not think it proper to pursue the affair beyond a vigorous protest. Turkey-foot's Rock.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
rom the British government a grant of 40,000 acres, embarks from England with 100 families and settles on east side of the St. John's River at Rollstown......1765 King's Road, from Fort Barrington to St. Augustine, constructed by subscription from public-spirited men in Florida......1765 Forty families from Bermuda emigrate to Mosquito to engage in ship-building......1766 Fifteen hundred Greeks, Italians, and Minorcans, indentured to work for a company organized in England by Sir William Duncan and Dr. Andrew Turnbull, form a settlement at Mosquito called New Smyrna......1767 Gen. James Grant, returning to England, is succeeded by Lieut.-Gov. John Moultrie......1771 Col. Patrick Tonyn, sent from England to assume the governorship of east Florida, arrives......March, 1774 British vessel, The Betsy, from London, with 111 barrels of powder, captured off St. Augustine by a privateer from Carolina......August, 1775 Colonists at New Smyrna institute proceedings to annul