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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clay, Henry 1777-1852 (search)
Clay, Henry 1777-1852 Statesman; born in Hanover county, Va., April 12, 1777; received the rudiments of education in a log-cabin school-house; labored on a farm until he was fifteen years of age, when he entered the office of the High Court of Chancery, in Richmond, at which time his mother, who had married a second time, emigrated to Kentucky. He studied law under the direction of Chancellor Wythe, and was admitted to the bar in 1797, when he opened a law-office in Lexington, Ky., where he obtained an extensive practice. In 1803 he was elected to the Kentucky legislature, and was speaker in 1807-8. He became United States Senator in 1808, and member of Congress and Speaker in 1811-14. In 1814 he was a Henry Clay at 40. commissioner to treat for peace with Great Britain, and afterwards, in Congress, was five times elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr. Clay was Secretary of State in the cabinet of John Quincy Adams (1825-29), and again a member of the United
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cold Harbor, battle of (search)
Cold Harbor, battle of In 1862 the Army of the Potomac and a large part of the Army of the James formed a junction near Cold Harbor, a locality in Hanover county, Va., originally known as Cool Arbor, and the old battle-ground of McClellan and Lee the year before. Gen. W. F. Smith and 16,000 men of the Army of the James had been taken in transports from Bermuda Hundred around to the White House, whence they had marched towards the Chickahominy. Sheridan had seized the point at Cold Harbor, and the Nationals took a position extending from beyond the Hanover road to Elder Swamp Creek, not far from the Chickahominy. Burnside's corps composed the right of the line, Warren's and Wright's the centre, and Hancock's the left. The Confederate line, reinforced by troops under Breckinridge, occupied a line in front of the Nationals-Ewell's corps on the left, Longstreet's in the centre, and A. P. Hill's on the right. On the morning of June 1, 1862, Hoke's division attempted to retake Cold
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Henry, Patrick 1736- (search)
r was a native of Aberdeen, and liberally educated. Embarking in commercial pursuits at the age of fifteen years, he was unsuccessful. Marrying Miss Shelton, daughter of an innkeeper, at eighteen, he assisted, at times, in keeping a hotel ; and finally, after six weeks study, he took up the profession of the law. But want of business kept him very poor, and he was twenty-seven years old before his oratorical powers were discovered. Then, in a celebrated case tried in the courthouse of Hanover county, he made such a wonderful forensic speech that his fame as an orator was established. Henry became a member of the Virginia House of Patrick Henry. Burgesses in 1765, wherein, that year, he introduced resolutions for bold opposition to the Stamp Act, and made a most remarkable speech. From that time he was regarded as a leader of the radical patriots of his colony. He was admitted to the bar of the highest court in Virginia in 1769, and in 1773 he was appointed one of the Virginia
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Moore's Creek Bridge, battle of. (search)
. These two men had great influence over the Scotch Highlanders. They enlisted for the royal cause about 1,500 men, and marched from the vicinity of Fayetteville for the coast to join the governor and his friends on the Cape Fear. Col. James Moore, on hearing of this movement, marched with more than 1,000 men to intercept McDonald. At the same time minute-men of the Neuse region, under Colonels Caswell and Lillington, were gathering to oppose the loyalists, and on the evening of Feb. 26 were encamped at a bridge near the mouth of Moore's Creek, in Hanover county. There McDonald, chased by Colonel Moore, came upon the minute-men. He was sick, and the force was commanded by Lieutenant- Colonel McLeod. A sharp battle ensued the next morning, when McLeod was killed. The Scotchmen were routed and dispersed, and about 850 of them were made prisoners, among them the two McDonalds. The loyalists lost seventy men, killed and wounded. The republicans had only two wounded, one mortally.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Page, Thomas Nelson 1853- (search)
Page, Thomas Nelson 1853- Author; born in Hanover county, Va., April 23, 1853; graduated at the University of Virginia; is the author of In old Virginia; The old South: essays, social and Historical: before the War; Red Rock: a chronicle of reconstruction, etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
enters upon possession with a party from Pennsylvania......1732 Richard Henry Lee, born at Stratford, on the Potomac......Jan. 20, 1732 George Washington, born at Westmoreland county......Feb. 22, 1732 Patrick Henry, born at Studley, Hanover county......May 29, 1736 First newspaper in Virginia, the Virginia Gazette, published by William Parks, appears at Williamsburg......August, 1736 Richmond settled by William Byrd......1739 Virginia raises a regiment to assist in the reducti776 Patrick Henry elected governor of Virginia......June, 177( State constitution adopted, and colonial government ceases in Virginia......June 29, 1776 Kentucky made a county of Virginia......1776 Henry Clay born in The Slashes, Hanover county......April 12, 1777 Maj. George Rogers Clarke sent by Governor Henry with an expedition against the British fort at Kaskaskia (now in Illinois), and captures it......July 4, 1778 He also occupies Vincennes......August, 1778 All terri
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, James 1740- (search)
Williams, James 1740- Military officer; born in Hanover county, Va., in 1740; emigrated to Laurens district, S. C., in 1773, where he was an active patriot and member of the Provincial Congress in 1775. In 1779 he became colonel of militia, and commanded a detachment in the battle of Stono Ferry, June 20, 1779. At Musgrove's Mill he attacked and defeated a large body of British and Tories; and in the expedition against Ferguson, which terminated in the battle of King's Mountain, he exhibited great energy and skill,. but fell in the thickest of the fight, mortally wounded, and died the next day, Oct. 8, 1780.