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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spiritualism, or spiritism, (search)
lished a work on Spiritualism, 1853-55, as did Dr. Robert Hare (1781-1858) of Philadelphia, who published (1855) Spiritual manifestations scientifically demonstrated; among other noted persons who have avowed their belief that the phenomena are of spirit origin are Dr. Robert Chambers, Robert Owen (1771-1858) and his son, Robert Dale Owen, all of whom wrote on the subject. Of the many mediums (channels of communications) none ever attained to the celebrity, as a medium of this power, of Daniel D. Home (born 1833; died harmlessly insane, 1886; published Incidents of my life, 1863). A society termed The London Society for Psychical research, was founded in 1882, under the presidency of Prof. H. Sidgwick, of Cambridge University, for the purpose of investigating that large group of debatable phenomena known as mesmeric, hypnotic, psychic, and spiritualistic. Reports of a large number of varied and careful experiments in induced telepathic communication are published in their Proceedi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Van Horne, Thomas B. (search)
Van Horne, Thomas B. Military officer; conspicuous in the War of 1812-15. In August, 1812, Governor Meigs sent Captain Brush with men, cattle, provisions, and a mail for Hull's army. At the Raisin River, Brush sent word to Hull that he had information that a body of Indians under Tecumseh was lying in wait for him near Brownstown, at the mouth of the Huron River, 25 miles below Detroit, and he asked the general to send down a detachment of soldiers as an escort. Hull ordered Major Van Home, of Colonel Findlay's regiment, with 200 men, to join Brush, and escort him and his treasures to headquarters. The major crossed the Detroit from Hull's forces in Canada, Aug. 4. On the morning of the Thomas B. Van Horne. 5th, while the detachment was moving cautiously, Van Horne was told by a Frenchman that several hundred Indians lay in ambush near Brownstown. Accustomed to alarmists, he did not believe the story, and pushed forward his men in two columns, when they were fired upon fr