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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mohawk Valley, the (search)
Mohawk Valley, the The valley of the Mohawk River, extending from near the middle of the State of New York to the Hudson River, is one of the most interesting historical regions in the republic. Within it, according to Communion plate presented by Queen Anne. tradition, was formed the powerful Iroquois Confederacy (q. v.), the members of which have been called The Romans of the Western world. French missionaries spread through the valley a knowledge of the Christian religion, and 100 years before the Revolutionary War it was the scene of sharp conflicts between the natives and intruding Europeans. Within its borders, before that time, its chief inhabitant (William Johnson) received the honors of knighthood, and ruled not only over a vast private manorial domain, but also over Indian tribes of the confederacy, as their official superintendent. When the Revolution broke out his family were the leaders of the adherents to the crown in the northern regions of New York; and his
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Talbot, Silas 1751-1813 (search)
ed in a boat, and the Romney soon freed herself without injury. The other war-vessels fled out of the harbor in alarm. Talbot received a severe wound in the defence of Fort Mifflin, and gave material aid to General Sullivan on Rhode Island in 1778. A few weeks later he captured a British floating battery anchored in one of the channels commanding Newport, and for this exploit was commissioned captain. In his prize (the Pigot) he cruised off the New England coast, capturing several prizes. In 1780 he was captured and confined in the prison-ship Jersey, removed to England, and exchanged in 1781. After the war he purchased the confiscated estate of Sir William Johnson, near the Mohawk River; served in the New York Assembly, and was a member of Congress in 1793-94. He was employed in 1794 to superintend the construction of the frigate Constitution, which, in 1799, was his flag-ship in a cruise to the West Indies. He resigned Sept. 21, 1801. He died in New York City, June 30, 1813.
hundred and fifty-nine prisoners. Moved by the massacres of Wyoming and Cherry Valley, congress, on the twenty-fifth of February, had directed Washington to protect the inland frontier and chastise the Seneca Indians. Of the two natural routes to their country, both now traversed by railroads, that of the Susquehanna was selected for three thousand men of the best continental troops, who were to rally at Wyoming; while one thousand or more of the men of New York were to move from the Mohawk river. Before they could be ready, a party of five or six hundred men, led by Van Schaick and Willet, made a swift march of three days into the country of the Onondagas, and, without the loss of a man, destroyed their settlement. The great expedition was more tardy. Its command, which Gates declined, devolved on Sullivan, to whom Washington in May gave repeatedly the May. instruction: Move as light as possible even from the first onset. Should time be lost in transporting the troops an
d to authorize the printing of Washington's Farewell Address, Jackson's Proclamation on Nullification, and the Declaration of American Independence, for general circulation. The resolution was referred. Mr. Upton, who claimed to represent the Fairfax District of Virginia, has been declared not entitled to a seat. Snow in the Northern section of New York is reported to be from five to six feet deep on the level earth, and fears are entertained of an inundation of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. Startling developments are made in the investigations by the committee of the swindling practiced upon the Federal Government, and contractors are shaking in their boots. The New York Herald admits that the armies of the Potomac and Shenandoah must be defeated before anything decisive is accomplished; and says that the moral effect of the menace of the capital must be removed. Washington, Feb. 27. --Gen. Dix and the Hon. Edward Pierpont have been appointed specia