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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
nally enabled to get off. General Butler was at last forced to take some steps to show that he was not setting at defiance the orders received from General Grant early in October. Accordingly, accompanied by General Weitzel and his personal staff, General Butler went on board the flag-ship Malvern at Hampton Roads, and communicated to Rear-Admiral Porter a plan for the destruction of Fort Fisher, the idea having, it seems, been suggested by the explosion of a canal-boat loaded with powder at Eric on the Thames, by which a large amount of property had been destroyed. General Butler's idea was that one hundred and fifty tons of. powder confined on board a vessel and exploded within a short distance of Fort Fisher would inflict immense damage on the enemy, and he promised. if the powder-boat was prepared, he would detail the necessary troops and have them embarked as soon as possible. Any expedient that would get the expedition off was hailed with delight by the Rear-Admiral command
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), America, discoverers of. (search)
One of the early settlers in Iceland was driven westward on the sea by a storm, and discovered Greenland. To that retreat Eric the Red was compelled to fly from Iceland, and, finding it more fertile than the latter. named it Greenland, made it his place of abode, and attracted other Northmen thither. Among Eric's followers was a Norwegian, whose son Bjarni, or Biarne, a promising young man, trading between Norway and Iceland, and finding his father gone with Eric, proposed to his crew to go tEric, proposed to his crew to go to his parent in Greenland. They were driven westward, and, it is believed, they saw the American continent in the year 986. The sons of Eric heard the stories of Bjarni, and one of them, Lief, sailed in search of the newly discovered land, and founEric heard the stories of Bjarni, and one of them, Lief, sailed in search of the newly discovered land, and found it. While there continues to be much doubt concerning the authenticity of claims put forth in behalf of extremely early, discoverers, there are unquestioned historical records of America for the space of over 500 years. It was undoubtedly discov
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Elizabeth, Queen of England (search)
e she was seventeen years of age she was mistress of the Latin, French, and Italian languages, and had read several works in Greek. By education she was attached to the Protestant Church, and was persecuted by her half-sister, Mary, who was a Roman Catholic. Elizabeth never married. When quite young her father negotiated for her nuptials with the son of Francis I. of France, but it failed. She flirted awhile with the ambitious Lord Seymour. In 1558 she declined an offer of marriage from Eric, King of Sweden, and also from Philip of Spain. Her sister Mary died Nov. 17, 1558, when Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen of England. With caution she proceeded to restore the Protestant religion to ascendency in her kingdom. Her reform began by ordering a large part of the church service to be read in English, and forbade the elevation of the host in her presence. Of the Roman Catholic bishops, only one consented to officiate at her coronation. In 1559 Parliament passed a bill which vest
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Northmen, the (search)
, and Sweden—were called Northmen. They were famous navigators, and, in the ninth century, discovered Iceland and Greenland. In the tenth century a colony led by Eric the Red was planted in the latter country (983). It is said that an adventurer named Bjarni discovered the mainland of North America in the tenth century (986). These people were chiefly from Norway, and kept up communication with the parent country. According to an Icelandic chronicle, Captain Lief, son of Eric the Red, sailed in a little Norwegian vessel (1001), with thirty-five men, to follow up the discovery of Bjarni, and was driven by gales to a rugged coast, supposed to have been Lastward, and was killed in a skirmish with the natives (see Skraelings), and the following year his companions returned to Greenland. Thorstein, a younger son of Eric, sailed for Vinland with twenty-five companions and his young wife, Gudrida, whom he had married only a few weeks before. Adverse winds drove the little vessel on
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
Iceland discovered by Nadodd, a Norse rover......861 First settlement by Norsemen......875 Grumbiorn sights a western land......876 Land discovered by Eric the Red, and named Greenland......982 Second voyage from Iceland to Greenland by Eric......985 Bjarni sails from Iceland for Greenland, but is driven south bEric......985 Bjarni sails from Iceland for Greenland, but is driven south by a storm and sights land at Cape Cod or Nantucket, also at Newfoundland, and returns to Greenland......985 Voyage of Lief, son of Eric the Red. He sails in one ship with thirty-five men in search of the land seen by Bjarni......1000 Touching the Labrador coast, stops near Boston, Mass., or farther south, for the winter. HeEric the Red. He sails in one ship with thirty-five men in search of the land seen by Bjarni......1000 Touching the Labrador coast, stops near Boston, Mass., or farther south, for the winter. He loads his vessel with timber; he returns to Greenland in the spring of......1001 [He calls the land Vinland, from its grapes.] Thorwald, Lief's brother, visits Vinland in 1002, and winters near Mount Hope Bay, R. I. In the spring of 1003 he sent a party of his men to explore the coast, perhaps as far south as Cape May. T
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vinland (search)
See Northmen in America. The famous Saga of Eric the Red, which gives the original accounts of t The voyages to Vinland. From the saga of Eric the Red. Translated by Arthur Middleton Reeves.sixteen winters had elapsed, from the time when Eric the Red went to colonize Greenland, Leif, Eric'Eric's son, sailed Ancient Viking ship out from Greenland to Norway. He arrived in Drontheim in the ay [his father] Heriulf determined to accompany Eric on his voyage to Greenland, and made his prepark about voyages of discovery. Leif, the son of Eric the Red, of Brattahlid, visited Biarni Heriulny of thirty-five men. Leif invited his father, Eric, to become the leader of the expedition, but Ere who would be most apt to bring good luck, and Eric yielded to Leif's solicitation, and rode from hy name? Leif gave his name. Art thou a son of Eric the Red of Brattahlid? says he. Leif respondedat time Christianity had obtained in Greenland: Eric the Red died, however, before [the introduction[5 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
dishes. We had just spread these on a table in front of the clay model of Michael and Satan, when Wood's marble-cutter rushed in to announce the King and Queen of Naples. Wood hastily threw a green curtain over the dishes, while P — and I retreated to the further end of the room. The Queen of Naples is a fine-looking and spirited person, still quite young, and talks English well. She conversed with Wood and asked him a number of questions about his group, and also about the stag-hound, Eric, that was standing sentinel. The King said almost nothing, and moving about as if he knew not what to do with himself, finally backed up against the table where our lunch was covered by the green cloth. I think he had an idea of sitting down on it, but the dishes set up such a clatter that he beat a hasty retreat. The King did not move a muscle of his countenance, but the Queen looked around and said something to him in Italian, laughing pleasantly. She is said to be friendly to Americans
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 1: Europe revisited--1877; aet. 58 (search)
was very strong, spite of the wide difference of their natures and the dissimilarity of their interests. Mrs. Terry was now visiting her eldest daughter, Annie Crawford, married to Baron Eric von Rabe and living at Lesnian in German Poland. Baron Eric had served in the Franco-Prussian War with distinction, had been seriously wounded, and obliged to retire from active service. Here was an entirely new social atmosphere, the most conservative in Europe. Even before the travellers arrived, th see Zalinski again; on in, quiring for him, she learned that he had been sent to a fair with horses to sell. He did not return to Lesnian during the remainder of her stay. One of the picturesque features of the visit was the celebration of Baron Eric's birthday. It was a general holiday, and no work was done on the estate. After breakfast family and guests assembled in front of the old chateau; the baron, a fine, soldierly-looking man, his wife, the most graceful of women, and the only da
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Virginia, or Merrimac: her real projector. (search)
d and fast aground, with some tugs trying to lighten her, and taking the fire from our squadron, to which she replied as well as she could, generally from her forward pivot gun. She being aground, and night coming on, of course Jones could not carry on the fight, and after a hard night of it the Commodore and I were landed early on Sunday morning at Seawell's Point, and Jones took the ship into action that day, fighting her like a bold seaman, as he is. He must tell you of his tussle with the Eric, a very devil of an iron battery, for he has just come in and said he had a letter from you. God bless old Buchanan for a true-hearted patriot and bold, dashing sailor, as brave as brave can be; but he exposed himself entirely too much, and was struck by a musket or minnie ball while on the upper deck, I believe, for I was under the doctor's hands then, and could not be with him at the time. I am writing in bed, and by fits and starts, so excuse all inaccuracies and want of details, of which
that the Government of Prussia will soon recognize the Italian Government. Commercial intelligence. London Money Market.--The funds opened rather dull on the 23d of August, but the business in the money market caused a steady improvement, and they closed firm at advance, and still tending upward. In the discount market the demand was limited, and the general rate remains at 4¼ per cent. In the stock market loans are offering at 2½a3 per cent.--About £100,000 in gold went into the bank to-day. Latest — via Queenstown, Aug. 25. Liverpool Cotton Market.--Sales on Saturday foot up 20,000 bales at former prices, with a good demand for all descriptions, sales to speculators and exporters, 10,000 bales. Liverpool Breadstuffs Market.--Breadstuffs continue dull. Provisions are inactive. London Money Market.--Consols for money 92Ȃ. American stocks — Eric shares 23a24¾; Illinois Central shares 39a391Ȃ. Havre Cotton Market.--Sales of the week, 15,000
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