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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Grady, Henry Woodfen 1851-1892 (search)
opponents. Faith will be kept with him in future if the South holds her reason and integrity. But have we kept faith with you? In the fullest sense, yes. When Lee surrendered—I don't say when Johnston surrendered, because I understand he still alludes to the time when he met General Sherman last as the time when he determined to abandon any further prosecution of the struggle —when Lee surrendered, I say, and Johnston quit, the South became, and has been, loyal to the Union. We fought hard enough to know that we were whipped, and in perfect frankness accepted as final the arbitrament of the sword to which we had appealed. The South found her jewel inrous ardor of conflict, it may perpetuate itself? Will she withhold, save in strained courtesy, the hand which, straight from the soldier's heart, Grant offered to Lee at Appomattox? Will she make the vision of a restored and happy people, which gathered above the couch of your dying captain, filling his heart with grace, touchin
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Grant, Ulysses Simpson (search)
the occurrence from the 27th of August, 1862, and for some little time prior, to the 1st of September, the same year, show conclusively that the court and some of the witnesses entirely misapprehended the position of the enemy on that day. General Porter was convicted of disobedience of the order of General Pope's, dated at 4.30 P. M., on the 29th of August, to attack the enemy on his right flank, and in his rear, if possible. Despatches of General Pope of that day show that he knew General Lee was coming to the support of Jackson, whom he thought commanded the only force in his front at that time; but that he could not arrive until the evening of the following day, or the morning of the day after. It was sworn to before the court that this order of 4.30 P. M. reached General Porter at about five or half-past 5 in the afternoon, but it must be recollected that this testimony was given from memory, and unquestionably without any idea at the time of the occurrence that they were
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Greene, Nathanael 1742- (search)
n behalf of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati, made an exploration of the cemeteries in Savannah, Ga., and, in the Jones vault of the long-abandoned colonial cemetery, found, the plate that had been on General Greene's coffin and three metal buttons, with the American eagle on them, doubtless from the uniform in which it is known that General Greene was buried. While Greene and his army remained on the Santee Hills until late in the fall, his partisan corps, led by Marion, Sumter, Lee, and others, were driving the British forces from post to post, in the low country, and smiting Tory bands in every direction. The British finally evacuated all their interior stations and retired to Charleston, pursued almost to the edge of the city by the partisan troops. The main army occupied a position between General Greene crossing the River Dan. that city and Jacksonboro, where the South Carolina legislature had resumed its sessions. Greene had failed to win victories in battle
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Griffin, Charles 1826- (search)
Griffin, Charles 1826- Military officer; born in Licking county, O., in 1826; graduated at West Point in 1847, and entered the artillery. He was made captain of artillery in April, 1861, and with his battery fought bravely in the battle of Bull Run. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in July, 1862; served under General Potter in the campaign against Richmond, and was active in the Army of the Potomac until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court-house, where, as. commander of the 5th Corps, he received the arms and colors of the Army of Northern Virginia. In March, 1865, he was brevetted major-general, United States army, and received other brevets for meritorious services during the Rebellion. In the winter of 1865-66 he was placed in command of the Department of Texas, with headquarters in Galveston. On Sept. 5, 1867, when that city was scourged with yellow fever, he was given a temporary command in New Orleans, but he refused to leave his post, and died of t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Groveton, battle of. (search)
as first given before the transfer was accomplished. Meanwhile, General Lee having massed a heavy force on Pope's front, the latter had retired behind the forks of the Rappahannock. Lee pushed forward to that river with heavy columns, and on Aug. 20-21 a severe artillery duel washim before he should form a junction with Longstreet, at the head of Lee's column, then approaching. Pope ordered McDowell, with Sigel and tsely pursued. Pope's army was now scattered and somewhat confused. Lee's whole army, now combined, pressed forward. Pope ordered Sigel, suson's flank on the Warrenton pike, and to fall heavily on his rear. Lee was then approaching along that pike, and Jackson determined to holdon had been reinforced. It was so. Longstreet, with the vanguard of Lee's whole army, which had been streaming through Thoroughfare Gap all on both sides. Jackson was hourly reinforced by fresh divisions of Lee's army. Soon after dusk this sharp and important battle at Groveton
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Guilford, battle of. (search)
British. to receive him. Greene had disposed his army in three positions—the first at the edge of woods on a great hill; the second in the forest, 300 yards in the rear; and The battle-field of Guilford. the third a little more than one-fourth of a mile in the rear of the second. The first line was composed of North Carolina militia, mostly raw recruits, nearly 1,100 in number, commanded by Generals Butler and Eaton. These had two cannon, with Washington's cavalry on the right wing, and Lee's legion, with Campbell's militia, on the left wing. The whole were commanded by Greene in person. The British appeared in front of the Americans at a little past noon in full force, the right commanded by General Leslie, and the left by Colonel Webster. Under cover of a severe cannonade the British advanced, delivering a volley of musketry as they approached, and then, with a shout, rushed forward with fixed bayonets. The American militia fled after the firing of one or two volleys, wh
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, Richard Henry 1732-1794 (search)
Lee, Richard Henry 1732-1794 Statesman; born in Stratford, Westmoreland co., Va., Jan. 20, 1732; was educated in England, and returned to America at the age of nineteen. In 1756 he was appointed justice of the peace, and entered the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1757, where he was Richard Henry Lee. distinguished as a debater and a clear political writer. Mr. Lee supported Patrick HenryMr. Lee supported Patrick Henry's resolutions, and was among the foremost men in Virginia in forming and putting in motion the machinery against royal oppression and parliamentary rule. He was a delegate to the first Congress (and 1786-87. In 1784 he was chosen president of Congress, but retired at the end of the year. Mr. Lee was opposed to the national Constitution, because it superseded State supremacy, but he was a sate supremacy, but he was a supporter of Washington's administration, and was United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792. He died in Chantilly, Va., June 19, 1794. Lee, Robert Edward
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, Thomas Ludwell 1730-1777 (search)
Lee, Thomas Ludwell 1730-1777 Statesman, born in Stratford, Westmoreland co., Va., in 1730; a brother of Richard Henry Lee. During the preliminary movements of the Revolutionary War he was conspicuous as a lawyer and patriot. He was a member of the committee of safety, and in the Virginia convention, in May, 1776, was on the committee to draft a declaration of rights and a plan of a State government. On the organization of that government, he was appointed one of the five revisers, and was also elected one of the five judges of the General Court. He died in 1777.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navy of the United States (search)
six armed vessels at Boston to pick up some of the British store-ships and transports. On Oct. 13, the Congress authorized the fitting out of a swift-sailing vessel to carry ten carriage-guns and a proportionate number of swivels, with eighty men, for a cruise of three months. On the same day appeared the germ of our Navy Department in a committee appointed to direct marine affairs. This consisted of Silas Deane, John Langdon, and Christopher Gadsden. Stephen Hopkins, Joseph Hewes, Richard Henry Lee, and John Adams were added Oct. 30. The committee was at first styled the marine committee, and on Dec. 13 it was so modelled as to include one member from each colony represented in the Congress. They had power to appoint all officers below the rank of third lieutenant, and had the control, under the immediate sanction of the Congress, of all naval operations. Their lack of professional knowledge caused many and vexatious mistakes, and the Congress finally resolved to select three
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Negro soldiers. (search)
to General Butler the arming of negroes; and not long afterwards the former, impressed with the perils of his isolated situation in New Orleans, called for volunteers from the free colored men of that city. Not long afterwards three regiments of colored troops were organized there. Another year passed by, and yet there were very few colored troops in the service. There was universal prejudice against them. When a draft for soldiers appeared inevitable, that prejudice gave way; and when Lee invaded Pennsylvania (June, 1863) the government authorized the enlistment of colored troops in the free-labor States. Congress authorized (July 16, 1863) the President to accept them as volunteers, and prescribed the enrolment of the militia, which should in all cases include all able-bodied citizens, without distinction of color. Yet so strong remained the prejudice against the enlistment of negroes that in May, 1863, Colonel Shaw's Massachusetts regiment was warned that it could not be
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