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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Lossing, Benson John 1813- Historian; born in Beekman, Dutchess co., N. Y., Feb. 12, 1813. Self-educated, a watch-maker, editor, and wood-engraver, he devoted his attention to the pictorial side of history, especially to the antiquities of his own region, the Hudson Valley. His chief work was the Pictorial field-book of the Revolution, published in 1850-52. He wrote also Pictorial field-books of the War of 1812 and the Civil War, an illustrated book on the Hudson, histories of the United States, historical biographies, and the Cyclopaedia of American history. His great service was the preservation of the local color in many noted episodes of the early history. He died near Dover Plains, N. Y., June 3, 1891.