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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), North Point, battle of (search)
in number, and commanded by Maj. R. K. Heath. They were accompanied by Asquith's (and a few other) riflemen, seventy in number, a small piece of artillery, and some cavalry, under Lieutenant Stiles. They met the British advancing at a point about 7 miles from Baltimore. Two of Asquith's riflemen, concealed in a hollow, fired upon Ross and Cockburn as they were riding ahead of the troops, when the former fell from his horse, mortally wounded, and died in the arms of his favorite aide, Duncan McDougall, before his bearers reached the boats. The command now devolved on Col. A. A. Brooke. Under his direction the entire invading force pressed forward, and, at about 2 P. M. (Sept. 12), met the first line of General Stricker's main body, when a severe John Stricker. combat began. The battle raged for twohours, when the superior force of the British compelled the Americans to fall back towards Baltimore; and at Worthington's Mill, about half a mile in front of the intrenchments cast u
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), California (search)
ensive fires in San Francisco since Dec. 24, 1849, the greatest destroys a large part of the city (twenty-two blocks)......May 4, 1851 Act of legislature establishing public schools......1851 Democratic and Whig parties organized in California......May, 1851 Prevalence and immunity of crime, and corruption of officials, prompts the formation of a vigilance committee of leading citizens in San Francisco. Five criminals hanged by them, and nearly twenty banished from the State. Governor McDougall issues a proclamation against the committee, July 21. A convicted murderer, reprieved by the governor, is hanged by the people at Sacramento......Aug. 21, 1851 University of the Pacific at St. Jose chartered and opened......1852 California Academy of Sciences founded at San Francisco......1853 State lunatic asylum established at Stockton......1853 Filibusters under Colonel Walker sail from San Francisco for Lower California......Oct. 17, 1853 United States branch mint o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Varick, Richard 1753-1831 (search)
Varick, Richard 1753-1831 Military officer; born in Hackensack, N. J., March 25, 1753; was a lawyer in the city of New York when the Revolutionary War began, and entered the service as captain in McDougall's regiment. Soon afterwards he became General Schuyler's military secretary, and remained so until that officer was superseded by Gates in the summer of 1777, continuing with the army, with the rank of colonel, until the capture of Burgoyne. Varick was inspector-general at West Point until after Arnold's treason, when he became a member of Washington's military family, acting as his recording secretary until near the close of the Revolution. When the British evacuated the city of New York, Nov. 25, 1783, Colonel Varick was made recorder there, and held the office until 1789, when he became attorneygeneral of the State. Afterwards he was elected mayor of New York, and held that office until 1801. He and Samuel Jones were appointed (1786) to revise the laws of the State of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), White Plains, battle of. (search)
camp. The two armies were each about 13,000 strong. On the morning of Oct. 28, after a series of skirmishes, 1,600 men from Delaware and Maryland had taken post on Chatterton's Hill, a lofty eminence west of the Bronx River, and to these General McDougall led reinforcements, with two pieces of cannon under Capt. Alexander Hamilton, and took the chief command there. Washington, with the rest of the army, was on the lower ground just north of the village. The British army advanced to the a bridge was constructed, and British and German troops passed the Bronx and attacked the Americans on Chatterton's Hill. Hamilton's little battery made them recoil at first, but, being reinforced, they drove the Americans from their position. McDougall led his troops to Washington's camp, leaving the British in possession of the hill. Washington's breastworks were composed of corn-stalks covered rather hastily and lightly by earth; but they appeared so formidable that Howe dared not attack t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 (search)
Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 Military officer; born in Jamaica, L. I., July 31, 1740; graduated at King's College in 1775; he served under Abercrombie in the attack on Ticonderoga, and was with Bradstreet in the expedition against Fort Frontenac. He was one of the most conspicuous of Marinus Willett. the New York Sons of Liberty. In 1775 he entered McDougall's regiment as captain, and joined Montgomery in the invasion of Canada. After the capture of St. John he remained there, in command, until January, 1776, and was soon afterwards made lieutenant-colonel of the 3d New York Regiment. In May, 1777, he was ordered to Fort Stanwix, and assisted in its defence in August following, making a successful sortie to effect a diversion in favor of General Herkimer (see Oriskany, battle of). He bore a message, by stealth, to General Schuyler, which led to the expedition up the Mohawk Valley, under General Arnold, that caused the abandonment of the siege of Fort Stanwix. He joined the a