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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, Henry A., Jr. (search)
Adams, Henry A., Jr. Born in Pennsylvania in 1833. Graduated at Annapolis in 1851. Took part in the engagement with the forts at the mouth of Canton River, China, in 1854. Was on the Brooklyn at the passage of Forts St. Philip and Jackson in 1862, and also participated in the attack on Fort Fisher. Was highly praised by Admiral Porter in his official despatches.
ive a Chinese force out of one of their ten thousand fortresses, the allies must incur such enormous cost and lose so many men, war in china has entirely changed its character, and the allies must apply themselves to reason upon that unpleasant fact. The Boyne forts, quoth the Times, were, to look at, as tremendous and impassable fortifications as could be built, yet the English used to go in and batter them down, periodically, with three or four ships of war. In the narrow waters of the Canton river, there were fortifications just as strong in guns and masonry as those which defeated the English last year, and which have since been retaken at such cost of life; yet every now and then, when a difficulty arose, either an English or an American ship-of-war set the garrison scampering by a few shells.--"Now, it seems, all this is changed. A fort in China is like a fort in Sebastopol, and a Chinese enemy exhausts all the forms of European warfare. The enemy stipulates for the horrors of
the Levant, and her officers and crew." The Levant was a sailing sloop-of-war of the third class, ranking with the Fandalia, Cyane and St. Louis. She was built at Brooklyn twenty-three years ago; was 792 tons burthen, and carried twenty guns. She served the country well in her time, having cruised actively on the Home, African, East Indies, and Pacific Squadrons. Side by side with the San Jacinto, she, during her last commission, threw in her broadside to the Carrier Forts on the Canton river, and did much towards capturing them. The following is a list of her officers: Commander, Wm. E. Hunt; Lieutenants, W. C. B. S. Porter, E. C. Stont, Colville Terrett, R. T. Bowen, Dawson PhÅ’nix, attached to the flag; Purser, A. J. Watson; Acting Master, J. C. Morseley; First Lieutenant of Marines, R. L. Browning; Passed Assistant Surgeon, J. S. Gilliam; Assistant Surgeon, D. E. Montgomery; Captain's Clerk, A. O. Shuff; Purser's Clerk, C. Woodward; Acting Boatswain, H. Edmonson; Acti
Terrible scene in China. --The Canton Press gives the particulars of a frightful execution, by wholesale, of Canton river pirates, by the Cantonese authorities. The pirates, with their lorries, were first enticed out of the river, and then a military and naval force was stationed ten or twelve miles below Canton, to prevent their ascending the river above that point. The pirates attempted to get past this station in a body, but were only partially successful, while the Chinese Commodore pursued and destroyed those who did. The Press says: Early on the morning of the 21st it was evident, from the packed throngs on the great bridge, and the hubbub around, that some thing strange and novel and exciting had occurred. About nine o'clock, some of the mandarin war-boats had come up with two prizes and two hundred captured pirates. The latter they commenced to land, each man under the guard of at least four marines, bearing drawn swords, spears, matchlocks or sporting gay flags
American steamer in Chinese waters. The fastest steamer in Chinese waters is the Yang-Teze, built at New York. She clears thousands of dollars every trip between Hong Kong and Shanghai, merely by carrying news ahead of the mail steamer, which she always beats by twenty-four hours. The Willamette and Flying Cloud, both built in the United States, are the fastest boats on the Canton river, and have completely run the English steamers off the track. All these vessels carry the "Stars and Stripes,"