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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hampton, (search)
peninsula between the York and James rivers, Virginia. An armed sloop was driven ashore there by a gale in October, 1775. The villagers took out her guns and munitions of war, and then burned her, making her men prisoners. Dunmore at once blockaded the port. The people called to their aid some Virginia regulars and militia. Dunmore sent some tenders close into Hampton Roads to destroy the village. The military marched out to oppose them; and when they came within gunshot distance George Nicholas, who commanded the Virginians, fired his musket at one of the tenders. This was the The burning of Hampton. first gun fired at the British in Virginia. It was followed by a volley. Boats sunk in the channel retarded the British ships, and, after a sharp skirmish the next day, Oct. 27, the blockaders were driven away. One of the tenders was taken, with its armament and seamen, and several of the British were slain. The Virginians did not lose a man. This was the first battle of t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Herkimer, Nicholas (search)
Herkimer, Nicholas Military officer; born about 1715 or 1720; was the son of a palatine who settled on a tract called Burnet's Field, now in Herkimer county, N. Y. Nicholas was made a lieutenant of provincials in 1758, and was in command at Fort Herkimer during the attack of the French and Indians upon it that year. In 1775 he was appointed colonel of the 1st Battalion of Tryon county militia. He was also chairman of the county committee of safety; and in September, 1776, he was made brigadier-general by the provincial convention of New York. He commanded the Tryon county militia in the battle at Oriskany (Aug. 6, 1777), where he was severely wounded in the leg by a bullet, and he bled to death in consequence of defective surgery, Aug. 16, 1777. On Oct. 4 following the Continental Congress voted the erection of a monument to his memory of the value of $500. This amount was many years afterwards increased by Congress, private subscriptions, and the New York legislature to more
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
cates of the Constitution were Edmund Randolph, George Nicholas, Edmund Pendleton, James Madison and John Marshvention. Of this pregnant list I have selected George Nicholas and William Grayson. George Nicholas. WGeorge Nicholas. Whilst Henry was par excellence the orator of the Convention of 1788, Colonel Nicholas was, for his wonderful abColonel Nicholas was, for his wonderful ability in debate, termed the Ulysses and the Ajax Telamon of the host which upheld the Constitution. His logicst of debate. There was a prestige in the name of Nicholas, which placed him in the front rank of the members— the day was lost, but, like Blucher at Waterloo, Nicholas came to the rescue of the demoralized advocates of. In a splendid arraignment of facts and logic, Nicholas soon marshaled his forces and gained the sympathy on. After the formation of Kentucky as a State, Nicholas made his home there. He devoted his time and attee and pathetic scene. William Grayson. If George Nicholas was the Ajax Telamon who supported the Constitu
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
roe James Sketch of, 52 Moore, J. Staunton, 28 Moore Surgeon General S. P., 87 Mortality in Confederate and Federal Prisons, Contrasted and Explained, 226 Morton Howard, on dauntless charge of V. M. I. Cadets, 283 Muskets used as harpoons, 166 Myers, Gustavus A., 254 McCaw, Dr. James B., 86 High tribute to, 93 McWilliams Andrew. Instantaneous killing of, 168 New England, The greed of, 311 New Orleans Battalion, 1814-15 Roster of officers and soldiers of, 133 Nicholas, Geo., sketch of, 55 Nullification Ordinance, 64 Oakwood Cemetary Monument to 16,000 Confederate soldiers at, 89 Oakwood Memorial Association, 84 Olds, Fred A., 247 Payne, Gen. Wm H., Glowing Eulogy of, 285 Pendleton, Edmund Sketch of, 41 Petersburg to Appomattox C. H., From, 261 Petersburg, Evacuation of, 262 Petersburg Grays, Co,. A, 12th Va. Infantry, List of officers and members of, 360 Poagaes Artillery, Col. W. T., 14 Potter, Gen. R. C., 271 Randolph, Edmu
other stores, made some of her men prisoners, and then set her on fire. Dunmore blockaded the port; they called to their assistance a company of shirt men, as the British called the Virginia regulars from the hunting shirt which was their uniform, and another company of minute men, besides a body of militia. On the twenty sixth Dunmore sent some of the tenders close into Hampton Roads to destroy the town. The guard marched out to repel them, and the moment they came within gunshot, George Nicholas, who commanded the Virginians, fired his musket at one of the tenders. It was the first gun fired in Virginia against the British: his example was followed by his party. Retarded by boats which had been sunk across the channel, the British on that day vainly attempted to land. In the following night the Culpepper riflemen were despatched to the aid of Hampton, and William Woodford, colonel of the second regiment of Virginia, second in rank to Patrick Henry, was sent by the committee
ures. This resolution was received out of doors with chimes of bells and the noise of artillery; and the British flag, which had thus far kept its place on the state-house, was struck, to be raised no more. In the following days a committee of thirty two was appointed to prepare a declaration of rights and a plan of government. Among the members were Archibald Cary, Patrick Henry, the aged Richard Bland, Edmund Randolph, son of the attorney general, who was then a refugee in England, Nicholas, James Madison, the youthful delegate from Orange county; but the man of most influence at this great moment was George Mason, the successor of Washing- Chap. LXIV.} 1776. May. ton in the representation of Fairfax county. He was a devoted member of the church of England; and by his own account of himself, which is still preserved, though not born within the verge of the British isle, he had been an Englishman in his principles, a zealous assertor of the act of settlement, firmly attache
. Gipson's Rockbridge, Capt. Cochran's Churchville, Augusta, and Capt. Lackey's Valley cavalry, 150 men in all. Setting out from their camp, near Union, Monroe county, on the morning of the 23d inst., taking a circuitous route, and passing in rear of the enemy, they halted for the night at the foot of Little Sewell mountain. On the next morning they proceeded on and reached the Wilderness road, and after night rested for a few hours at a point ten miles from Summerville, the county seat of Nicholas. At this place was a quantity of the stores of the enemy, and also a part of two companies, (126 men,) under the command of Lieut. Col. W. C. Starr, of the 9th Va. (Yankee) regiment, as a guard. Having ascertained the precise locality of the force in the village and the headquarters of the officers, (all being quartered in houses,) the plan of attack was fixed upon.--A detail of 12 men, three from each of the companies, in charge of Lieut. Francisco, of the Churchville cavalry, were to ac
Casualties. The following is a list of casualties in the 44th Virginia regiment, in the recent battles near Manassas. Company B.--Wounded: W. H. McBride, in breast and wrist. Company C.--Wounded: Corp'l W. T. Norvell, in forehead. Company D.--Wounded: Ident. R. J. Shelton, in hip, Corp'l F. P. Fleming, in foot. Company F.--Wounded: Captain John T. Martin in thigh, Serg't John W. Perkins, in foot; private P. F. Clemens, in thigh. Company G.--Wounded: Captain William P. Walker, in left breast private L. B. Huddleston, in left side. Company K.--Killed: Private Edward L. Mayor Wounded Lieut. Jacob M. Tilman, mortally; Ed' Ward W. Shoes, in hip; Walter L. Shores, in shoulder. John W. Hughes, severely in neck. Richmond Grays, Company G, 12th Va.--Killed; George Nicholas, Marks Myers. Wounded; Serg't Heath, private A. K. Crump, George W. Hill. Thomas Williams, James Graham, and Hollings warth.
The Daily Dispatch: September 9, 1862., [Electronic resource], Our army in Maryland--particulars of the passage of the Potomac. (search)
r. We had about 50,000 troops engaged, and the Yankees some 80,000, but with the usual result. We whipped them badly. Our brigade suffered severely. Gen. Mahone was wounded early in the action; Col Weisiger was badly, and, I expect, mortally wounded a short time afterwards; Major May killed; Adjutant Cameron, Capt. Lewellen, Captain Marks, Capt. Owens, and Lieut. May, wounded.--The casualties in the regiment, which numbered in the fight about 220, were 7 --a pretty large percentage. George Nicholas and Marx Myers were killed. Sergeant Heth, A. K. Crump, James Grame, George W. Hill, James Hollingsworth, A. P. Rogers, Bolling Pickett, and Tom Williams, wounded. The wounds are mostly slight. I think Crump's is probably the worst. He is wounded in the knee. The surgeons say that the bone is not broken, and he will not lose his leg, but it may be stiff, though I hope he may recover and have the use of it as well as ever. Two hundred and fifty nine Yankee prisoners have just p
o light 12 pounders, composed of three of his own pieces, one of Capt. Braxton's, two of Capt. Brown's Chesapeake Artillery, and three of Capt. Latimer's--five of the pieces were under the immediate command of Capt. Latimer. In Capt. Latimer's command, Lieut. Grayson, of the Chesapeake Artillery, was mortally wounded; four privates were killed, sixteen wounded, and eleven horses killed. Lieut. Zeph. C. McCruder, of the Purcell battery' of Richmond, was killed. Lieut. James Ellett, of the Crenshaw battery, was killed by a fragment of shell while standing in conversation with Major Pegram. His battery was not firing at the time. Lieut. E. was Clerk of the Circuit Court of Richmond. His body has been brought here. In the 3d company Richmond Howitzers, Lieut. Jas. S. Utz and private W. T. Mathews were killed, and privates Geo. Nicholas, Geo. Smith, (lost an arm,) and Samuel A. Wakeham wounded. In the 1st company Richmond Howitzers, private Murphy was wounded.