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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Iredell, James 1750-1799 (search)
Iredell, James 1750-1799 Jurist; born in Lewes, England, Oct. 5, 1750; emigrated to North Carolina in 1767; admitted to the bar in 1775; was elected judge of the Superior Court in 1777; appointed attorney-general in 1779; and judge of the Supreme Court in 1790. He died in Edenton, N. C., Oct. 20, 1799. Lawyer; born in Edenton, N. C., Nov. 2, 1788; son of James Iredell; graduated at Princeton College in 1806; served in the War of 1812; aided in the defence of Craney Island; elected governor of North Carolina in 1827, and served out an unexpired term in the United States Senate in 1828-31. His publications include a Treatise on the law of executors and administrators; and a Digest of all the reported cases in the courts of North Carolina, 1778 to 1845. He died in Edenton, N. C., April 13, 1853.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Shubrick, William Branford -1874 (search)
Shubrick, William Branford -1874 Naval officer, born on Bull's Island, S. C., Oct. 31, 1790; entered the navy as midshipman in 1806; was made lieutenant in January, 1813, and in June assisted, by managing a small battery on Craney Island, in repulsing the British. Shubrick was lieutenant of the Constitution in her action with the Cyane and Levant. He commanded a squadron in the Pacific in 1847, and captured some ports from the Mexicans. In 1859 he was in command of the Brazil Squadron and the Paraguay expedition, William Branford Shubrick. and from 1860 to 1870 was chairman of the light-house board. He was made rearadmiral on the retired list in July, 1862. He died in Washington, D. C., May 27, 1874.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tatnall, Josiah -1871 (search)
Tatnall, Josiah -1871 Naval officer; born near Savannah, Ga., Nov. 9, 1796; entered the United States navy in 1812; rose to captain in 1850; first served in the frigate Constellation, and assisted in the repulse of the British at Craney Island in 1813. He afterwards served under Perry and Porter, and was engaged on the Mexican coast during the war against Mexico. He entered the Confederate service; improvised a flotilla known as the Mosquito Fleet, and attempted to defend Port Royal Sound against Dupont. He commanded at Norfolk when the Merrimac was destroyed, and the Mosquito Fleet at Savannah. He died in Savannah, Ga., June 14, 1871.
partially successful attempts at building ironclads at the South, and had an agent in England to buy ships for the purpose of attacking Northern commerce on the seas. The frigate Merrimac, raised from the water at Norfolk, was by March, 1862, converted into the ironclad ram Virginia, with a draught of twenty-two feet. She was not seaworthy, and was unable to drive the Federal fleet out of the shallow waters of Chesapeake Bay; and when the peninsula was evacuated she had to be burned, on Craney Island, within two months after her completion. The steam-ram Mississippi, at New Orleans, was not finished when that city fell. The Louisiana, from defective machinery, was of little account. The North Carolina and the Raleigh, constructed at Wilmington, went to the bottom at the entrance of the Cape Fear River, without accomplishing anything. The Palmetto State and the Chicora, at Charleston, had home-made machinery, none having been imported by the government. This was so inadequate tha
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, United States Colored Troops. (search)
ed Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, to July, 1864. Unattached, 18th Corps, to August, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Corps, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps, January, 1865. Attached Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, to June, 1865. Dept. of Texasto May, 1866. Service. Camp near Crany Island till January 12, 1864. Moved to Drummondstown, eastern shore of Virginia, and duty there till April. At Yorktown, Va., till May. Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4 to June 15. Capture of Fort Powhatan May 5. Wilson's Wharf May 24 (Detachment). At Fort Powhatan till July 6. On Bermuda front in operations against Petersburg and Richmond till August 27. At City Point, Va., till April 2, 1865. Moved to Bermuda
ght he called his men into line and asked me to pray for them. Another captain seemed much interested on the subject of religion. I tried to explain to him the way to be saved, and in a few days I heard of his fighting bravely at Manassas. I have prayer and exhortation meetings frequently, which are well attended, and often tears flow from eyes unused to weep, while I point them to the Lamb of God. Rev. R. W. Cridlin wrote of his labors at Norfolk and the vicinity: I visited Craney Island last Saturday. Col. Smith, who has charge of the forces there, is a pious man, and has prayers with his men every night. He seemed glad to have me labor among his command, and will doubtless render me any aid I may need. Mr. J. C. Clopton wrote from among the sick and wounded at Charlottesville: This is a most inviting field, as hundreds are here on beds of suffering, and consequently disposed to consider things that make for their peace. The deepest feeling is often manifest
forced by the configuration of the land, and the superiourity of the enemy on the water, to abandon the peninsula of Yorktown, he had done so in a manner which illustrated his genius, and insured the safety and efficiency of his army. Evacuation of Norfolk-destruction of the Virginia. The retreat front Yorktown involved the surrender of Norfolk with all the advantages of its contiguous navy-yard and dock and the abandonment of the strong Confederate positions at Sewell's Point and Craney Island. Here was the old story of disaster consequent upon haste and imperfect preparations. The evacuation was badly managed by Gen. Huger; much property was abandoned, and the great dry-dock only partially blown up. The circumstances of the evacuation of Norfolk were made the subject of an investigation in the Confederate Congress. Commodore Forrest testified as follows before the committee making the investigation: I understood that it was the intention of the Government to withdr
lry were ordered from the camp of instruction at Ashland to Yorktown; Hodges' Virginia regiment was sent to Jamestown island as a protecting force for the batteries, and Jordan's artillery company was ordered to Jamestown island and Hupp's to Craney island. Cabell's battery of light artillery was ordered from Gloucester point to Yorktown, leaving at the former place only 400 infantry under command of Lieut.-Col. P. R. Page. On the 31st, in a letter to Governor Ellis, of North Carolina, Geney you, resulting, as they did, in the rout of the enemy. General Lee, in correspondence with Colonel Magruder at this time, urged the rapid construction of batteries for water and land defense, hoped that the defenses at Sewell's point and Craney island, which were in weak condition, had been completed and provided with sufficient garrisons; and among other things,. said the troops he was collecting at Suffolk should hold command of and prevent the destruction of the railroads. Hon. R. M.
September 23, 1823, in Fauquier county, Va. The Huntons originally settled in New England, but the ancestor of General Hunton removed at an early period to Lancaster county, Va., where his great-grandfather, William Hunton, married Judith Kirk, and afterward made his home in Fauquier county. From him the descent is through his fourth son, James, and through the latter's second son Eppa. The senior Eppa Hunton was in the service of his country during the war of 1812, at Bladensburg and Craney island, and as a brigade inspector of the Virginia militia. His wife, the mother of General Hunton, was Elizabeth Marye, daughter of William Brent, who removed his family from Dumfries to Fauquier county during the revolutionary war, in which he served with distinction as a captain of infantry. The ancestors of this patriot came over with Lord Baltimore; one of his grandsons, Col. George W. Brent, was a gallant Confederate soldier. After the early death of his father, General Hunton was rear
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
ang up between the two which continued until the death of that gallant chieftain in 1863. In the beginning of the war Mr. Hardin was offered a position on General Jackson's staff; but this he declined, preferring the line. Accordingly he joined the Thirty-third Virginia regiment as acting major and fought with it in Jackson's brigade in the first battle of Manassas. In October, 1861, he was appointed major of artillery in the active volunteer forces of Virginia and assigned to duty at Craney island by order of the secretary of war. He remained there until the evacuation of Norfolk on May 10, 1862, being a witness of all the stirring scenes enacted in that vicinity, including the destruction of the Cumberland and Congress and the fight between the Merrimac and Monitor. In June, 1862, he was appointed major of artillery in the provisional army of the Confederate States and assigned to duty as commander of the Eighteenth Virginia battalion of heavy artillery in the defenses of Richm
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