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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Castine, capture of (search)
e morning of Sept. 1 they arrived in the harbor of Castine. There was a small American force there, under Lieutenant Lewis, occupying a little battery. Lewis, finding resistance would be in vain, spiked the guns, blew up the battery, and fled. About 600 British troops landed and took quiet possession of the place. the John Adams had just returned from a long cruise, much crippled by striking on a rock on entering the bay. It was with difficulty that she was kept afloat until she reached Hampden, far up the river, to which she fled. The British immediately detached a land and naval force to seize or destroy her. Sherbrooke and Griffith issued a joint proclamation assuring the inhabitants of their intention to take possession of the country between the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Bay, and offering them protection on condition of their acquiescence. All persons taken in arms were to be punished, and all who should supply the British with provisions were to be paid and protected. G
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 (search)
1688 rebelled against arbitrary power in order to establish constitutional liberty. If they had risen against Charles and James because those monarchs favored equal rights, and in order themselves for the first time in the history of the world to establish an oligarchy founded on the cornerstone of slavery, they would truly have furnished a precedent for the rebels of the South, but their cause would not have been sustained by the eloquence of Pym or of Somers, nor sealed with the blood of Hampden or Russell. I call the war which the Confederates are waging against the Union a rebellion, because it is one, and in grave matters it is best to call things by their right names. I speak of it as a crime, because the Constitution of the United States so regards it, and puts rebellion on a par with invasion. The constitution and law, not only of England, but of every civilized country, regards them in the same light; or, rather, they consider the rebel in arms as far worse than the ali
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hamlin, Charles 1837- (search)
Hamlin, Charles 1837- Lawyer; born in Hampden, Me., Sept. 13, 1837; son of Hannibal Hamlin; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1857; admitted to the bar in the following year; enlisted in the National army in 1862; brevetted brigadiergeneral of volunteers in March, 1865. He published the Insolvent laws of Maine, etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hampden, action at. (search)
he corvette John Adams, which had fled up the river to the town of Hampden. The commander of the John Adams, Capt. C. Morris, was warned of er. The flotilla, with the remainder, sailed on, and arrived near Hampden at five o'clock in the evening, when the troops and about eighty mmade his way overland to Portland. The British took possession of Hampden, and a part of their force, 500 strong, pushed on to Bangor with teral vessels, the marauders departed, to engage in similar work at Hampden (Sept. 5). Barrie allowed the sailors to commit the most wanton acectmen to sign a bond to guarantee the delivery of vessels then at Hampden at Castine. The speedy return of peace cancelled the bond. The total loss of property at Hampden by the hands of the marauders, exclusive of a very valuable cargo on board the schooner Commodore Decatur, was estimated at $44,000. When a committee at Hampden waited upon Barrie and asked for the common safeguards of humanity, he replied: I have n
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rives, William Cabell 1793- (search)
Rives, William Cabell 1793- Diplomatist; born in Nelson county, Va., May 4, 1793; was educated at Hampden-Sidney and William and Mary colleges; studied law under the direction of Jefferson, a member of the State constitutional convention in 1816; of the State legislature in 1817-19 and in 1822, and of Congress in 1823-29; was minister to France in 1829-32; and United States Senator in 1832-45. He was again minister to France in 1849-53. He sympathized with the secession movement, and in February, 1861, was a member of the peace congress. After Virginia joined the Confederacy, he became a member of the Confederate Congress. He died near Charlottesville, Va., April 25, 1868.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sherbrooke, Sir John Coape 1760-1830 (search)
so Belfast, and went up the Penobscot River to Hampden, a few miles below Bangor, to capture or destroy the American corvette John Adams, which, caught in that stream, had gone up so far to escape from the British. The militia, called to defend Hampden and the Adams, fled when the British approached, and the object of the latter was accomplished. Captain Morris, commander of the Adams, burned her to prevent her falling into the hands of the British. The latter pressed on to Bangor, where to Bangor, where they tarried about Sir John Coape Sherbrooke. thirty hours, destroyed several vessels at the mouth of the Kenduskeag, and plundered property valued at over $20,000. Then they returned to Hampden and there repeated their destructive work. Then the troops and fleet descended the Penobscot, and, after capturing Machias, returned to Halifax. General Gosselin was left to hold the country, which he did with dignity and humanity. Sir John died in Claverton, England, Feb. 14, 1830.