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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chippewa, battle of (search)
incoln militia, and about 300 Indians. Street's Creek Bridge in 1861, looking North. These composed the force that fought Porter. Scott crossed Street's Creek in the face of a heavy cannonade, and very soon the battle raged with fury along the entire line of both armies. Several times the British line was broken and closed up again. Finally a flank movement and a furious charge were made by Major McNeill with Colonel Campbell's 11th regiment, and a terrific fire from a corps under Major Jesup in the centre made the British line give way. It broke and fled in haste to the intrenchments below Chippewa Creek. The fugitives tore up the bridge over the creek behind them, leaving an impassable chasm between themselves and the Americans. The battle-field (opposite Navy Island) was strewn with the dead and dying. The Americans lost, in killed, wounded, and missing, 355 men; the British lost, by the same casualties, 604 men, of whom 236 were killed. On that hot July evening a gen
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Decatur, Stephen, 1779- (search)
me from his house. He yet lives, but will never see another sun. Barron's wound is severe, but not dangerous. The Decatur's monument. ball struck the upper part of his hip and turned to the rear. He is ruined in public estimation. The excitement is very great. Decatur died March 22, and his remains were taken from the house in Washington to Kalorama by the following officers: Commodores Tingey, Macdonough, Rodgers, and Porter, Captains Cassin, Ballard, and Chauncey, Generals Brown and Jesup, and Lieutenant McPherson. The funeral was attended by nearly all the public functionaries in Washington, American and foreign, and a great number of citizens. While the procession was moving minute-guns were fired at the navyyard. His remains were deposited in Joel Barlow's vault at Kalorama, where they remained until 1846, when they were taken to Philadelphia and reinterred, with appropriate ceremonies, in St. Peter's cemetery. Over them a beautiful monument, delineated in the accompa
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hartford conventions. (search)
d three weeks. Much alarm had been created at the seat of the United States government by the convention, especially because the Massachusetts legislature, at about that time, appropriated $1,000,000 towards the support of 10,000 men to relieve the militia in service, and to be, like the militia, Fac-Simile of the signatures to the report of the Hartford convention. under the State's control. All sorts of wild rumors, suggesting treason, were set afloat, and the government sent Maj. Thomas S. Jesup with a regiment of soldiers to Hartford at the time of the opening of the convention, ostensibly to recruit for the regular army, but really to watch the movements of the supposed unpatriotic conclave. The convention, at the outset, proposed to consider the powers of the national executive in calling out the militia; the dividing of the United States into military districts, with an officer of the army in each, with discretionary power to call out the militia; the refusal of the exec
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jesup, Thomas Sidney 1788-1860 (search)
Jesup, Thomas Sidney 1788-1860 Military officer; born in Virginia, in 1788; entered the army in 1808, and was Hull's adjutant-general in 1813. For his good conduct at the battle of Chippewa, he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel; also colonel for his services in the battle of Lundy's Lane, or Niagara, in which he was severely wounded. After the war, he was promoted to adjutant-general and quartermaster-general of the army in 1818, with the rank of brigadier-general, and was brevetted major-general in 1828. In 1836 he was in command of the army in the Creek nation, and at the close of the year he commanded the army in Florida. He was wounded by the Seminoles in January, 1838. He died in Washington, D. C., June 10, 1860.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lundy's Lane, battle of. (search)
escent form on an eminence over which passed Lundy's Lane, a highway stretching westward from the Niagara River. Upon that eminence the British had planted a battery. Scott perceived a blank between the British left and the river, and ordered Major Jesup with his command to crawl James Miller's medal. cautiously, in the evening twilight, through the underbrush that covered the space and turn that flank. Jesup obeyed, and successfully gained the British rear and kept back reinforcements sentJesup obeyed, and successfully gained the British rear and kept back reinforcements sent by Drummond. At the same time Scott was hotly engaged with Riall. Brown, apprised of the situation, had pressed forward with his whole army and engaged in the fight. Perceiving the key of the British position to be the battery on the hill, he turned to Col. James Miller, of the 27th Regulars, and asked, Can you storm that work and take it? I'll try, was the prompt reply. With 300 men he moved steadily up the hill in the darkness, along a fence lined with thick bushes that hid his troops f
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Seminole Indians (search)
ion. Finally, in March, 1837, several chiefs appeared before General Jesup (then in chief command in Florida), at his quarters at Fort DadAt length Osceola, several chiefs, and seventy warriors appeared in Jesup's camp (Oct. 21), under the protection of a flag, with friendly pretensions. Jesup determined not to trust the treacherous Osceola any more. The conference was held in a grove of magnolias in a dark swamp. As the chief arose to speak Jesup gave a signal, when two or three of his soldiers rushed forward and seized and bound Osceola with strong cing hatchets from their belts. They were restrained by the arms of Jesup's troops, and were dismissed without their leader. Osceola was seneston and confined in Fort Moultrie, where he died, Jan. 31, 1839. Jesup was severely censured for this violation of the sanctity of a flag r Col. (afterwards President) Zachary Taylor, who had succeeded General Jesup in command. This chastisement was given them in a battle fough
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Florida, (search)
ichard Keith Call appointed territorial governor......March, 1836 Defence of Cooper's post west of the Withlacoochee by Georgia volunteers under Major Cooper against 250 Seminole warriors......April 5-7, 1836 Railroad from St. Joseph to bayou Columbus opened......1836 Battles between the United States troops and Indians in Florida, at Micanopy, June 9; Welika Pond, July 9; Ridgely's Mills, July 27; Fort Drane, Aug. 21; San Velasco......Sept. 18, 1836 General Call relieved; Gen. Thomas S. Jesup takes command......November, 1836 Battle of Wahoo Swamp ends the campaign of 1836; results of the year encourage the Seminoles......Nov. 17-21, 1836 Attack on Camp Monroe by 400 Seminoles under King Philip repulsed......Feb. 8, 1837 Four hundred Seminoles attack Fort Mellon, on Lake Monroe, and retire......Feb. 9, 1837 Indians assembled in large numbers at Fort Dade, by articles of capitulation agree to withdraw south of the Hillsboro River, and prepare at once to emigra