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auga and Missionary Ridge. In April, 1864, he was transferred to the command of the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, and in August he was put at the head of the Army of the Shenandoah and defeated Early at Cedar Creek. In December, 1864, he was made major-general in the regular army, lieutenant-general in March, 1869, and general June 1, 1888. He died in Nonquit, Massachusetts, August 5, 1888. Brevet major-general Alfred Thomas Thomas Torbert (U. S.M. A. 1855) was born in Georgetown, Delaware, July 1, 1833. He entered the Civil War as colonel of the First New Jersey Volunteers, and commanded a brigade in the Sixth Army Corps. He had command of a division in the Sixth Corps, March-April, 1864, after which he had a division in the Cavalry Corps, and was given command of the Corps on August 6, 1864. He resigned in 1866, with the brevet of major-general of volunteers and served as United States consul-general at Havana in 1871. September 30, 1880, he was drowned in the wrec
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Saulsbury, Willard 1825-1882 (search)
Saulsbury, Willard 1825-1882 Legislator; born in Kent county, Del., June 2, 1825; received a collegiate education; admitted to the bar and practised in Georgetown, Del.; attorney-general of the State in 1850-55; United States Senator in 1858-71; delivered an important speech on the Staterights resolution of Jefferson Davis, April 2, 1860; and became chancellor of Delaware in 1873. He died in Dover, April 6, 1882.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Torbet, Alfred Thomas Archimedes 1833- (search)
Torbet, Alfred Thomas Archimedes 1833- Military officer; born in Georgetown, Del., July 1, 1833; graduated at West Point in 1855, serving in Florida in 1856-57. He became colonel of the 1st New Jersey Volunteers in September, 1861, and was active in the Peninsular campaign. He commanded a brigade in the battles of Groveton, or second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain (where he was wounded), and Antietam. In November, 1862, he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers; was engaged at Gettysburg; and commanded a division of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac from May to July, 1864. He was chief of cavalry in the Shenandoah campaign from August to October, 1864. and was brevetted major-general, United States army, in March, 1865. He resigned in October, 1866, and in 1871 was sent as consul-general to Havana. He was drowned in the wreck of the steamer Vera Cruz off the coast of Florida, Sept. 30, 1880.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Townsend, George Alfred 1841- (search)
Townsend, George Alfred 1841- Journalist; born in Georgetown, Del., Jan. 30, 1841; educated in Philadelphia, Pa.; entered journalism in 1860; was war correspondent for the New York World in 1864-65. and was connected with other well-known papers, including the New York Herald, Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Enquirer, etc., under the pen-name of Gath. He is the author of Life of Garibaldi; Real life of Abraham Lincoln; The New world compared with the old; Washington outside and inside; Mormon trials at Salt Lake; Washington Rebuilded; Tales of the Chesapeake; Life of Levi P. Morton; Tales of Gapland, etc.
Awful accident. --On Saturday last John Hardon, the proprietor of the "Morgan Steam Saw--Mill," about three miles from Georgetown, Del., was superintending the operations of a circular saw. By some means his foot slipped, throwing him directly in contact with the saw, which passed through his body in a few revolutions, severing the upper half from the lower, and throwing the heart, liver and entrails of the unfortunate man in all directions over the mill.
Triple Execution in Delaware. --On Friday last three negroes, viz: Levi Jenkins, aged 35, under sentence of death for a rape upon a negro girl; John Cannon, aged 18, under a similar sentence for the murder of a lovely white girl of fourteen years; and a colored woman of 18 years, for the murder of an innocent babe of 14 months, were hung at Georgetown, Del. Jenkins and the woman exhibited much concern in their fate, but Cannon seemed thoroughly indifferent. Both Cannon and Jenkins, it will be remembered, escaped from the jail at Dover a week or two ago, but were soon recaptured and securely confined.
Fort Delaware, Tuesday, was captured while on a scout in the vicinity of Front Royal, on the 18th day of May, after having his horse shot under him, and was sent from there to the old Capitol prison in Washington city. Here he remained until the 4th day of July, when he was transferred to Fort Delaware, from whence he escaped about a week after. In his escape, he was accompanied by Mr. J. A. Toole, of the 9th Virginia cavalry. The first point reached by them after making land, was Georgetown, Delaware. They passed through several other towns in the same State, but cautiously refrained from making known their situations.--When they arrived in Kent county, Maryland, they disclosed the fact that they were refugees from Fort Delaware, and found plenty of friends and sympathizers. Mr. Cox says that on the night of the 3d of July the Secessionists of Middletown, Del., hoisted a Confederate flag on a pole which had been erected by the Unionists, and that early on the morning of the