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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Crown Point, (search)
the field. The troops destined for the northern expedition, about 6,000 in number, were drawn from New England, New Jersey, and New York. They were led by Gen. Phineas Lyman, of Connecticut, to the head of boat navigation on the Hudson, where they built Fort Lyman, afterwards called Fort Edward. There Johnson joined them (Augusns fled in terror to the forests. So, also, did the Canadian militia. Johnson had been wounded early in the fight, and it was carried through victoriously by General Lyman, who, hearing the din of battie, had come from Fort Lyman with troops. The battle continued several hours. when, Dieskau being severely wounded and made a plled Fort William Henry. He also changed the name of Fort Lyman to Fort Edward, in compliment to the royal family; and he was rewarded for the success achieved by Lyman with a baronetcy and $20,000 to support the new title. The French strengthened their works at Crown Point, and fortified Ticonderoga. The conduct of the second
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), French West Indies, the (search)
articipated. Gaudeloupe had already been taken. General Monckton, after submitting his commission as governor to the council of New York, sailed from that port (January, 1762), with two line-of-battle ships, 100 transports, and 1,200 regulars and colonial troops. Major Gates (afterwards adjutant-general of the Continental army) went with Monckton as aide-de-camp, and carried to England the news of the capture of Martinique. Richard Montgomery (afterwards a general in the Continental army) held the rank of captain in this expedition. The colonial troops were led by Gen. Phineas Lyman. Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent's—indeed, every island in the Caribbean group possessed by the French-fell into the hands of the English. The French fleet was ruined, and French merchantmen were driven from the seas. British vessels, including those of New York and New England, now obtained the carrying-trade of those islands; also, under safe conducts and flags of truce, that of Santo Doming
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lyman, Phineas 1716- (search)
Lyman, Phineas 1716- Military officer; born in Durham, Conn., about 1716. Educated at Yale College, he was a tutor there from 1738 to 1741. He engaged in mercantile pursuits, but finally became a lawyer in Suffield. There he was a magistrate for some years, and took a conspicuous part in the disputes between Massachusetts and Connecticut concerning the town of Suffield. At the breaking out of the French and Indian War he was commander-in-chief of the Connecticut forces; he built Fort Lyat the head of Lake George in 1755. In 1758 he served under General Abercrombie, and was with Lord Howe when he was killed. He was also at the capture of Crown Point and Montreal, and, in 1762, led provincial troops against Havana. In 1763 General Lyman went to England to get prizemoney for himself and fellow-officers and to solicit a grant of land on the Mississippi for a company called Military adventurers. He returned to America in 1774, at which time a tract near Natchez was granted to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), St. Sacrament Lake, (search)
missionary who visited it about the middle of the seventeenth century. This lake was the theatre of important military events in the French and Indian War (q. v.) and the Revolutionary War. At the head of the lake Gen. Sir William Johnson was encamped early in September, 1755, with a body of provincial troops and a party of Indians under the Mohawk chief Hendrick. There he was attacked (Sept. 8) by the French under Dieskau, and would have been defeated but for the energy and skill of Gen. Phineas Lyman. The assailants were repulsed, and their leader (Dieskau) was badly wounded, made prisoner, sent to New York, and paroled. He died of his wounds not long afterwards. Johnson was knighted, and gave the name of Lake George to the sheet of water, in honor of his sovereign, by which name it is still known. At its head Fort William Henry was built, and suffered siege and capture by the French and Indians in 1757. The next year it was the scene of a vast armament upon its bosom going to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Connecticut, (search)
en New York and Connecticut......1731 Connecticut furnishes 1,000 men for land and marine service against Louisburg......1745 First silk coat and stockings of New England production were worn by Governor Law, of Connecticut......1747 Phineas Lyman, major-general of the Connecticut forces, second in command at the battle of Lake George......Sept. 6, 1755 [Sir William Johnson being disabled, General Lyman conducted the engagement successfully to Dieskau's defeat.] Citizens of ConneGeneral Lyman conducted the engagement successfully to Dieskau's defeat.] Citizens of Connecticut known as the Susquehanna Company purchase from the Six Nations land 70 miles in length on the Susquehanna River, and extending from 10 miles east of that river west 140 miles, for about $10,000, July 11, 1754. It includes the Wyoming Valley, where they make a settlement......1763 [This leads to a long controversy between Connecticut and Pennsylvania.] Connecticut Courant, published by Thomas Green, at Hartford, first issued......Oct. 26, 1764 Jared Ingersoll sent by Connecticut