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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Coombs, Leslie -1881 (search)
Coombs, Leslie -1881 Military officer; born near Boonesboro, Ky., Nov. 28, 1793; entered the army in 1812; and after the defeat at the Raisin River he was sent to General Harrison with important messages which necessitated his travelling more than 100 miles over a country covvered with snow and occupied by Indians. He took a prominent part in the defeat of Colonel Dudley, and was wounded at Fort Miami. After the war he was admitted to the bar and became eminent in his profession and also as a political speaker. He died in Lexington, Ky., Aug. 21, 1881.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Malden, (search)
t importance, in a military point of view, during the War of 1812-15. It is on the Canadian shore, and is now called Amherstburg. There the British fleet on Lake Erie—captured by Perry in 1813—was built, and it was a rallying-place for British troops and their Indian allies. The long dock seen in the engraving was the place where the British fleet was launched. From Malden they sailed on the morning of the battle of Lake Erie. In the winter of 1813 the British and Indians issued from Maiden on the expedition that resulted in the massacre at the Raisin River. In March, while British ships were frozen at Maiden, View of Malden in 1861, where the British ships were built. Harrison sent an expedition to capture them at that port. They set off in sleighs, instructed to leave the latter at Middle Bass Island, whence, with feet muffled by moccasins, they were to make their way silently over the frozen river. But when they arrived the ice had broken up, and the expedition retur
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Michigan, (search)
ed States troops, under Colonel Croghan and Commodore Sinclair, to reduce Fort Mackinac......Aug. 4, 1814 Special commissioner arrives with the treaty of peace lately concluded at Ghent......Feb. 17, 1815 Detroit incorporated as a village......1815 President James Monroe visits Detroit......Aug. 13, 1817 By act of Congress Michigan Territory is extended westward to the Mississippi, thus including the present State of Wisconsin......1818 Remains of soldiers massacred at the Raisin River removed to Detroit, and buried with honors of war......Aug. 8, 1818 Steamboat Walk-in-the-water arrives at Detroit, from Buffalo, N. Y., on her first trip......Aug. 27, 1818 Congress provides for the election of a delegate to Congress by citizens of Michigan......Feb. 16, 1819 William Woodbridge elected territorial delegate......Sept. 2, 1819 Treaty with Indians at Saginaw; they cede lands, 60 miles wide, west of Detroit, north to Thunder Bay......1819 Expedition under Gove
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Van Horne, Thomas B. (search)
Van Horne, Thomas B. Military officer; conspicuous in the War of 1812-15. In August, 1812, Governor Meigs sent Captain Brush with men, cattle, provisions, and a mail for Hull's army. At the Raisin River, Brush sent word to Hull that he had information that a body of Indians under Tecumseh was lying in wait for him near Brownstown, at the mouth of the Huron River, 25 miles below Detroit, and he asked the general to send down a detachment of soldiers as an escort. Hull ordered Major Van Home, of Colonel Findlay's regiment, with 200 men, to join Brush, and escort him and his treasures to headquarters. The major crossed the Detroit from Hull's forces in Canada, Aug. 4. On the morning of the Thomas B. Van Horne. 5th, while the detachment was moving cautiously, Van Horne was told by a Frenchman that several hundred Indians lay in ambush near Brownstown. Accustomed to alarmists, he did not believe the story, and pushed forward his men in two columns, when they were fired upon fr
Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan a town of 6,000 pop., on Raisin River, 2 miles from Lake Erie, and at the E. terminus of the Michigan Southern Railroad, 40 miles from Detroit. The Railroad from Toledo to Detroit passes through here. It is an important depot for the shipment of grain. Considerable manufacturing done here.