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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blockade. (search)
chrane to destroy the seaport towns and devastate the country. At Wareham, on Buzzard's Bay, they destroyed stroyed vessels and other property valued at $40. 000. In the same month fifty armed men in five large barges entered the Saco River, Maine, and destroyed property to the amount of about $20,000 New Bedford, and Fair Haven opposite, were threatened by British cruisers. Eastport and Castine, in Maine, were captured by the British. In July, 1814/un>, Sir Thomas M. Hardly sailed from Halifax with a considerable land and naval force. to execute the order of Cochrane. The country from Passamaquoddy Bay to the Penobscot River speedily passed under British rule, and remained so until the close of the war. After capturing Eastport, Hardy sailed westward, and threatened Portsmouth and other places. An attack on Boston was confidently expected. It was almost defenceless, and offered a rich prize for plunder. There slips were built for the war: but when real danger appeared, the i
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chesapeake, (search)
n't give up the ship, became the battle-cry of the Americans, and the formula of an encouraging maxim in morals for those who are struggling in life's contests. Broke's boarders now swarmed upon the deck of the Chesapeake, and Lieutenant Ludlow, the second in command, was mortally wounded by a sabre cut. After a severe struggle, in which the Americans lost, in killed and wounded, 146 men, vietory remained with the Shannon. The British lost eighty-four men. Broke sailed immediately for Halifax with his prize, and the day before his arrival there (June 7) Lawrence expired, wrapped in the flag of the Chesapeake. England rang with shouts of exultation because of this victory. An American writer remarked: Never did any victory —not even of Wellington in Spain, nor those of Nelson—call forth such expressions of joy on the part of the British ; a proof that our naval character had risen in their estimation. Lawrence fought under great disadvantages. He had been Chesney, in comman
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Essex, the, (search)
. On June 26, 1812, under command of Capt. David Porter, she left Sandy Hook, N. J., on a cruise, with a flag at her masthead bearing the significant words, free-trade and sailors' rights. He soon captured several English merchant vesels, making trophy bonfires of most of them on the ocean, and their crews his prisoners. After cruising southward several weeks in disguise, capturing a prize now and then, he turned northward, and chased a fleet of English transports bearing 1,000 troops to Halifax, convoyed by a frigate and a bomb-vessel. He captured one of the transports, and a few days afterwards (Aug. 13) fell in with the British armed ship Alert, Capt. T. L. P. Langhorne, mounting twenty 18-pounder carronades and six smaller guns. the Essex was disguised as a merchantman. the Alert followed her for some time, and at length opened fire with three cheers from her people. Porter caused his ports to be knocked out in an instant, when his guns responded with terrible effect. It w
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oliver, Thomas 1734-1815 (search)
Oliver, Thomas 1734-1815 Royal governor; born in Dorchester, Mass., Jan. 5, 1734; graduated at Harvard in 1753; succeeded Lieut.-Gov. Andrew Oliver (of another family) in March, 1774, and in September following was compelled by the people of Boston to resign. He took refuge with the British troops in Boston, and fled with them to Halifax in 1776, and thence to England. He died in Bristol, England, Nov. 29, 1815.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rumford, Benjamin Thompson, Count 1753-1852 (search)
y widow of that place, and was appointed major of militia over several older officers. This offended them, and led to much annoyance for young Thompson. He was a conservative patriot, and tried to get a commission in the Continental army, but his opponents frustrated him. He was charged with disaffection, and finally persecution drove him to take sides with the crown. He was driven from his home, and in October. 1775, he took refuge within the British lines in Boston. When Howe left for Halifax, he sent Thompson to England with despatches, where the secretary of state gave him employment, and in 1780 he became under-secretary. In that year he returned to America, raised a loyalist corps called The King's American dragoons, and was made lieutenant-colonel, serving a short time in South Carolina. Count Rumford. On returning to England at the close of the war, he was knighted, and in 1784 entered the service of the Elector of Bavaria as aide-de-camp and chamberlain. To that pri
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Massachusetts (search)
s of 100 members, by far the most numerous assembly in America......1768 Seizure of the sloop Liberty, belonging to John Hancock, on charge of smuggling, occasions a great riot......June 10, 1768 Arrival of a squadron of seven vessels from Halifax, with the 14th, 29th, and a part of the 59th regiments of British regulars. These troops, under the command of Gen. Thomas Gage, are landed in Boston......Sept. 28, 1768 Governor Bernard recalled, and embarks for England, regretted by none..arch 2, 1776 Americans occupy Dorchester Heights and throw up strong intrenchments, night of......March 4, 1776 British evacuate Boston......March 17, 1776 Seven thousand soldiers, 4,000 seamen, and 1,500 families of loyalists sail for Halifax......March 17, 1776 Americans enter Boston......March 20, 1776 Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston from the balcony of the State-house......July 18, 1776 [At the same time the King's arms are removed.] Massachusetts
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, treaty of (search)
by the representative at London of his Majesty, the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary. In case of the death, absence, or incapacity of any commissioner, or in the event of any commissioner omitting or ceasing to act, the vacancy shall be filled in the manner hereinbefore provided for making the original appointment, the period of three months in case of such substitution being calculated from the date of the happening of the vacancy. The commissioners named shall meet in the city of Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia, at the earliest convenient period after they have been respectively named, and shall, before proceeding to any business, make and subscribe a solemn declaration that they will impartially and carefully examine and decide the matter referred to them, to the best of their judgment, and according to justice and equity, and such declaration shall be entered on the record of their proceedings. Each of the high contracting powers shall also name one person to att