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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., chapter 14.55 (search)
ve a little diversion, which would have proved serious had the shell exploded that lodged in the hog-braces. About the time of this occurrence, the flag-ship Wabash crossed the bar, followed by all of the heavy vessels, including the transports, and anchored some two miles outside of Fishing Rip Shoal, some five miles from the forts, the bar being about twelve miles outside of the headlands. Very soon after the flag-ship anchored, signal was made for officers commanding Union gun-boat Mohawk, the Guard-ship at Port Royal. From a war-time sketch. vessels to come aboard. On their arrival, those who commanded vessels detailed for the main line were invited into the cabin, and instructions were given as to position and plan of battle; and afterward those commanding vessels in the flanking line received their instructions, which differed as to the duties to be performed after passing within and beyond the earth-works. It was the intention of the flag-officer at that time to go at
edness, according to the story. Between him and the Indian shoe, this likeness doth come in, One made a mock oa virtue, and one a moccasin! Laughter and applause were, in mid-roar, cut by Randolph's voice calling: Corollaryfirst: If Daddy Longlegs stole the Indian's shoe to keep his foot warm, that was no excuse for him to steal his house, to keep his wigwam. And again he broke down-only to renew — the chorus with : Corollary second: Because the Indian's shoe did not fit ary Mohawk, was no reason that it wouldn't fit Narragansett! Such, in brief retrospect was the Mosaic Club! Such in part the fun and fancy and frolic that filled those winter nights in Richmond, when sleet and mud made movements of armies, Heaven bless us! A thing of naught! The old colonel — that staff veteran, so often quoted in these pages --was a rare, if unconscious humorist. Gourmet born, connoisseur by instinct and clubman by life habit, the colonel writhed in spirit under discomfort
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
little party approached the place, the cannon were not there. As speedily as possible, Major Sibley re-embarked his troops on two schooners, and these, towed by the steam lighters, proceeded toward the Gulf. Heavy easterly winds were sweeping the sea, and no pilots were to be seen. Darkness came on before they reached the entrance to the bay, and they anchored within it. There they lay a greater part of two days and two nights, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Star of the West and Mohawk. At ten o'clock, when the darkness was profound, and the storm heavy, thick volumes of smoke were discerned above the schooners. At daylight three steamers lay near, with side-barricades of cotton-bales; and, a little later, a larger steamship than either of these, armed with heavy cannon, came over the bar and anchored near the schooners. The four vessels bore about fifteen hundred well-armed Texans, under Van Dorn. He sent commissioners to demand the surrender of the troops on the schoo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
rations were made to throw Captain Brannan's company into Fort Taylor, and strengthen both fortresses against all enemies A little stratagem was necessary; so the Mohawk, which had been lingering near Key West, weighed anchor and departed, professedly on a cruise in search of slave-ships. This was to lull into slumber the vigilance of the secessionists, who were uneasy and wide awake when the Mohawk was there. She went to Havana on the 16th, November, 1860. where her officers boarded two of the steamers of lines connecting Key West with both New Orleans and Charleston, and requested to be reported as after slavers. . As soon as they were gone she weigheever attempted afterward. See statement of Surgeon Delavan Bloodgood, in the Companion to the Rebellion Record, Document 4. Mr. Bloodgood was in service on the Mohawk at that time. Let us now consider the siege of Fort Pickens. From the 18th of January, on which day Colonel Chase, the commander of the insurgents near Pen
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801 (search)
y Congress, early in 1777, of five of his juniors to the rank of major-general. He received the same appointment soon afterwards (Feb. 7, 1777), but the affront left an irritating thorn in his bosom, and he was continually in trouble with his fellow-officers, for his temper was violent and he was not upright in pecuniary transactions. General Schuyler admired him for his bravery, and was his abiding friend until his treason. He successfully went to the relief of Fort Schuyler on the upper Mohawk (August, 1777), with 800 volunteers; and in September and October following he was chiefly instrumental in the defeat of Burgoyne, in spite of General Gates. There he was again severely wounded in the same leg, and was disabled several months. When the British evacuated Philadelphia (June, 1778) Arnold was appointed commander at Philadelphia, where he married the daughter of a leading Tory (Edward Shippen), lived extravagantly, became involved in debt, was accused of dishonest official con
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Beaver Dams, affair at the. (search)
, and for that purpose he detached 570 infantry, some cavalry under Major Chapin, a few artillerymen, and two field-pieces, all under the command of Lieut.-Col. Charles G. Boerstler. They marched up the Niagara River to Queenstown (June 23, 1813), and the next morning pushed off westward. Their march appears to have been discovered by the British, for while Chapin's mounted men were in the advance and marching among the hills, Boerstler's rear was attacked by John Brant, at the head of 450 Mohawk and Caughnawaga Indians, who lay in ambush. Chapin was instantly called back, and the Americans in a body charged upon the Indians and drove them almost a mile. Then Boerstler hesitated, and the Indians, rallying, bore upon his flank and rear, and kept up a galling fire at every exposed situation. The Americans pushed forward over the Beaver Dam Creek. fighting the dusky foe at a great disadvantage, and made conscious that they were almost surrounded by them. After keeping up this conte
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Brant, Joseph, (search)
Brant, Joseph, (Thay-en-da-ne-gen). Mohawk chief; born on the banks of the Ohio River in 1742. In 1761 Sir William Johnson sent him to Dr. Wheelock's school at Hanover. N. H., where he translated portions of the New Testament into the Mohawk language. Brant engaged in the war against Pontiae in 1763, and at Joseph Brant. the beginning of the war for independence was secretary to Guy Johnson, the Indian Superintendent. In the spring of 1776 he was in England; and to the ministry he expressed his willingness, and that of his people, to join in the chastisement of the rebellious colonists. It was an unfavorable time for him to make such an The Brant mausoleum. offer with an expectation of securing very favorable arrangements for his people, for the minstry were elated with the news of the disasters to the rebels at Quebee. Besides, they had completed the bargain for a host of German mercenaries, a part of whom were then on their way to America to crush the rebellion. They
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dark and bloody ground. (search)
Dark and bloody ground. Two sections of the United States have received this appellation. First it was applied to Kentucky, the great battle-field between the Northern and Southern Indians, and afterwards to the portion of that State wherein Daniel Boone and his companions were compelled to carry on a warfare with the savages. It was also applied to the Valley of the Mohawk, in New York, and its vicinity, known as Tryon county, wherein the Six Nations and their Tory allies made fearful forays during the Revolution.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gansevoort, Peter 1749-1812 (search)
Gansevoort, Peter 1749-1812 Military officer; born in Albany, N. Y., July 17, 1749; was appointed major of a New York regiment in July, 1775, and in August joined the army, under Montgomery, that Peter Gansevoort. invaded Canada. He rose to colonel the next year; and in April, 1777, he was put in command of Fort Schuyler (see Stanwix, Fort), which he gallantly defended against the British and Indians in August. He most effectually co-operated with Sullivan in his campaign in 1779 and afterwards in the Mohawk region. In 1781 he received from the legislature of New York the commission of brigadiergeneral. General Gansevoort filled civil offices, particularly that of commissioner for Indian affairs, with great fidelity. In 1803 he was made military agent and brigadier-general in the regular army. He died in Albany, N. Y., July 2, 1812.
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