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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
rge settlements with the servants who accompanied him. To his credit it may be added that when he returned to England, some years afterward, he gave away all the lands he had taken up, and settled at his own expense, to the servants he had fixed on them, some of whose descendants are now possessed of very considerable estates in that colony. After remaining some time in England he again visited Virginia with a fresh band of followers whom he also established there. He first settled in York County in 1641, where he was burgess and justice in 1647, and when later he removed to the Northern neck, between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, he filled the offices of Secretary of State and Member of the Privy Council. Of his loyalty to the house of Stuart we have already spoken, and of his various voyages, indicating in themselves his enterprising genius. When he made his will in London, in 1663, he was returning on what proved to be his last voyage. He had with him his large, youn
arbor to the mouth of Hampton River, and up the stream. At about midnight they were moored on the hither shore in Hampton, and just below the remains of the bridge destroyed in the rebel retreat two weeks previously. The stream at that point is from sixty to one hundred yards in width. In the afternoon orders were given for a concerted movement of forces from Newport News, and from the camps at Fortress Monroe, against a position that the rebels had taken up at or near Great Bethel, in York county, a place about 12 miles northwest of Fortress Monroe. In accordance with the terms of the order three companies of Duryea's regiment, under. Capt. Kilpatrick, went forward from Hampton on the Bethel road at 10 P. M., and soon after the remainder of Duryea's regiment, and the New York Third, Col. Townsend, followed, and were ferried over Hampton Creek by the boats of the Naval Brigade previously taken round from Fortress Monroe. Meantime, 5 companies, each from the Vermont First Regime
has not intimated to me as yet that he blames me at all. In haste, yours, &c., E. W. Pierce. A Confederate account. The following account of the battle of Big Bethel, is given by one who participated in the defence: Yorktown, June 11, 1861. An engagement lasting four hours took place yesterday (Monday) between five regiments of the troops from Old Point, and 1,100 Confederate troops, consisting of Virginians and North Carolinians under Gen. Magruder, at Bethel Church, York County. Before telling you of the battle, I will give you some circumstances preceding it. About two weeks ago a party of 300 Yankees came up from Hampton and occupied Bethel Church, which position they held a day or two and then retired, leaving written on the walls of the church, several inscriptions, such as Death to the traitors, Down with the rebels, &c. To nearly all these the names of the writers were defiantly signed, and all of the penmen signed themselves as from New York, except one,
James City, York and Warwick, and he hoped to be able to report within a week five or six companies mustered in and doing camp duty; that in Elizabeth City county, volunteers and militia numbered about 600 men, so that about 1,200 could be raised on the peninsula. He asked for arms and a battery of field pieces for these men, and for cadets to drill them. In a private letter of the same date, Major Ewell informed General Lee that there was disaffection in the Poquosin island section of York county, from which there had been no volunteers, and it might be well to give him authority to call out the militia of the Sixty-eighth regiment from that section if found necessary. Col. Charles K. Mallory, of the One Hundred, and Fifteenth regiment, Virginia militia, from Hampton, on the 13th informed Governor Letcher that two companies from Fort Monroe had taken possession of Mill creek bridge and of the property adjoining, giving as a reason for so doing that they wanted possession of a w
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
bett, of Mayesville; Bessie S., Janie, Viva, now Mrs. R. J. Mayes, of Mayesville; William M., now being educated for the medical profession; Mary D., and Daisy. He is a member of Camp Dick Anderson, U. C. V., at Sumter. Napoleon Bonaparte Bratton Napoleon Bonaparte Bratton, of Brattonsville, was born at his present abode, the ancestral home of his family, in 1838, the youngest of fourteen children of John Bratton and his wife, Harriet, daughter of James Rainey, a wealthy planter of York county. His father was a graduate of the Jefferson medical college, Philadelphia, and was a physician of prominence; and his grandfather was Col. William Bratton, born in 1743, and famous in the Revolutionary annals of South Carolina, participating with distinction in various engagements, and commanding the party of 133 patriots who fell upon the force of 400 Tory cavalry under Capt. Christian Huck, at Brattonsville, on the night of July 11, 1780, utterly destroying them and turning the tide o
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First North Carolina Volunteers and the battle of Bethel. (search)
n engagement, lasting four hours, took place yesterday (Monday) between five regiments of the troops from Old Point and eleven hundred Confederate troops, consisting of Virginians and North Carolinians under General Magruder, at Bethel Church, York county. Before telling you of the battle I will give you some circumstances preceding it. About two weeks ago a party of three hundred Yankees came up from Hampton and occupied Bethel Church, which position they held a day or two and then retired, lery man in his company. I like to see privates elevated, who started from home on $11 per month, and did not wait, like some, to get offices before they started. Yours, H. Mc. K. [for the (Fayetteville) Observer.] Camp Fayetteville, York county, Va., September 9, 1861. Messrs. Editors: The First Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers being formed for dress parade this afternoon, Mr. John W. Baker, Jr., in the name and on behalf of the ladies of Fayetteville, presented to them a very h
s justifying the exclusiveness of the Catholic and the Anglican church. It had not been the intention of the conference to perform administrative acts; yet to repair the grievous neglect of the assembly, they ordered a flying camp of six thousand men to be called out, in conformity to the vote of the continental congress. One thing more remained; on the afternoon of the twenty fourth, on the report of a committee composed of Mackean, Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia, and James Smith of York county, the conference, with perfect unanimity, all its members giving their voices one by one, pronounced in behalf of themselves and their constituents their willingness to concur in a vote of congress, declaring the United Colonies to be free and independent states; and a copy of their vote, having been signed at the table, was, by Mackean, the president, delivered directly to congress. Far happier were the people of Maryland, for they acted with moderation and unanimity; their counsels sp
. Wm. Z. Heggle, Rockingham, N. C. 53. B. F. Raines, Sussex, Va. 54. Mason G. Ellzey, Loudoun, Va. 55. Jos. H. Wade, Henry, Va. 56. Clayton G. Coleman, Jr., Louisa, Va. 57. James C. Balley, Pearson co., N. C. 58. Wm. C. Jones, Highland, Va. 59. Thos. J. Reid, Dallas co., Ark. Prof. McCaw then announced the names of the fortunate competitors for the Warren Prize, which had been divided into two parts, of $50 each. The first was awarded to Dr. Isaiah H. White, of York county, for an Essay on Malarious Diseases; and the second to Dr. Mason G. Elzey, of Loudoun, for an Essay on Tetanus. Honorable mention was also made of Essays written by Drs. Clayton G. Coleman, Jr., Henry C. Rainey, Robert E. Moore, Cyrus Doggett, H. E. Jennings, and H. W. Davis. The Valedictory Address was then delivered by Prof. Conway, and we have only space to say that it was worthy of his eminent reputation. Smith's First Regiment Band played at intervals during the evening.
Fatal fight. --Two negroes employed on the schooner Thos. F. Dawson, of Richmond, got into a fight on board, at Norfolk, Va., Saturday afternoon, during which they fell overboard, and one of them, Ben Drummond, owned by Mrs. Anderson, of York county, was drowned. The other, Dick Brock, owned by Wm. Brent, of Richmond, being a good swimmer, escaped. He was committed to jail.
verely injured. --Conner, of Baltimore, was also wounded on the head with a stone, and was taken to his residence on Bond street. At the central police station two soldiers were taken in dead, as also two citizens. --Three soldiers and one citizen were taken to the same place wounded. The crowd passed on up Pratt street, and near Light street there was another volley fired. At Light street wharf a boy named William Reed, a hand on board the oyster sloop "Wild Pigeon," of York county, Va., received a ball through the abdomen, and was dying, at last accounts, in the hold of the schooner. Another boy, Patrick Griffin, employed at the Green House, Pratt street, was shot through the bowels while looking from the door. A frenzied crowd returned the fire from revolvers, and with bricks. Andrew Robbins, a member of a volunteer company from Stonington, Conn., was shot in the back of the head, and fell from the ranks. He was taken into the drug-store of Jesse S. Hunt'
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