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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sullivan, John 1740-1795 (search)
Sullivan, John 1740-1795 Military officer; born in Berwick, Me., Feb. 17, 1740; was a lawyer, an earnest patriot, and a member of the first Continental Congress. In December, 1774, he, with John Langdon, led a force against Fort William and Mary, near Portsmouth, and took from it 100 barrels of gunpowder, fifteen John Sullivan. cannon, small-arms, and stores. In June, 1775, he was appointed one of the brigadier-generals of the Continental army, and commanded on Winter Hill in the siege of Boston. After the evacuation in March, 1776, he was sent with troops to reinforce the army in Canada, of which he took command on the death of General Thomas, June 2, 1776, and soon General Sullivan's home. afterwards exhibited great skill in effecting a retreat from that province. On the arrival of Gates to succeed Sullivan, the latter joined the army under Washington at New York, and at the battle of Long Island, in August, he was made prisoner. He was soon exchanged for General Pres
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Colorado, (search)
1806 He was born in New Jersey, Jan. 5, 1779; killed at the taking of York, now Toronto, Canada......1812 Maj. Stephen H. Long visits this region, and he reports to Congress that all the country drained by the Missouri, Arkansas, and Platte rivers is unsuitable for cultivation and uninhabitable......1819 [This impression aided to delay settlement of Colorado until Oregon and California had both been settled. Bancroft's Colorado, p. 349.] Bent brothers erect a stockade called Fort William on the north branch of the Arkansas River......1832 John C. Fremont's expedition touches Colorado......1842-44 Fort Massachusetts erected on Ute Creek......1850 Discovery of gold in what is now Colorado, reported......1852-57 W. Green Russell, a miner of Dahlomega, Ga., organizes an expedition to search for gold in Colorado......1858 Denver founded......1858 [Named after the governor of Kansas.] Gold discovered at Boulder Creek......Jan. 15, 1859 First saw-mill e
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Hampshire, (search)
eputies, which meets at Exeter......July 14, 1774 By the request of a committee of the people, a cargo of tea consigned to a Mr. Parry, of Portsmouth, is reshipped to Halifax, Jan. 25, 1774. A second cargo consigned to Parry arriving, the people attack his house, and quiet is only restored by sending of the vessel to Halifax......Sept. 8, 1774 Town committee of Portsmouth, hearing of the order by King in council prohibiting exportation of gunpowder to America, seize the garrison at Fort William and Mary, and carry off 100 barrels of gunpowder, Dec. 11: next day they remove fifteen cannon, with small-arms and warlike stores......Dec. 12, 1774 Armed men dismantle a battery at Jerry's Point on Great Island, and bring eight pieces of cannon to Portsmouth......May 26, 1775 Convention of the people assembles at Exeter......June, 1775 New Hampshire troops in the battle of Bunker Hill......June 17, 1775 Governor Wentworth convenes the Assembly, June 12, and recommends the co
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wyoming, (search)
ver Valley and Big Horn Mountains to the Wind River, thence to the Snake River......1811 William H. Ashley, of the North American Fur Company, with 300 men, explores the Sweetwater and Green rivers......1824 Capt. E. L. Bonneville leads the first caravan, 110 trappers and twenty wagons, from the Platte through South Pass to the Green River. At the junction of Lead Creek he builds a fort......1832 William Sublette and Robert Campbell erect a fort on Laramie Fork, which they name Fort William, since Fort Laramie.......1834 First emigrant train for Oregon and California crosses Wyoming......1841 Fort Bridger erected on Green River by James Bridger, a famous trapper......1842 Col. J. C. Fremont, with a government exploring expedition, ascends and names Fremont's Peak......1842 Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, pass Fort Laramie on their way to Great Salt Lake through South Pass......June 1, 1847 Part of Wyoming is included in the territory acquired by the Uni
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), William and Mary, Fort (search)
e well doubted whether even one in every hundred thousand Americans could recall any of the circumstances of this noteworthy event. This was the attack upon Fort William and Mary in Portsmouth Harbor by a band of young patriots led by John Sullivan, afterwards major-general in the Continental army. The assault was made in Decelivan had been a delegate to the Continental Congress] he planned with Thomas Pickering and John Langdon an attack, on the night of the 12th of December. upon Fort William and Mary, at Newcastle, in Portsmouth Harbor—one of the earliest acts of hostility against the mother-country; and, by the aid of a portion of a force he had bnd 100 small-arms, which we brought down to the boat. In wading through the water it froze upon us. What a simple story of heroism! The The surrender of Fort William and Mary. Transporting powder from the Fort. men took off their boots that they might not make a noise in mounting the ramparts, and after getting back to
war with France seemed a war for Protestantism and freedom. But Johnson knew not how to profit by success; with a busy air, he kept the men all day on their arms, and at night, half of the whole were on guard. Shirley and the New England provinces, and his own council of war, urged him to advance; but while the ever active French took post at Ticonderoga, as Duquesne had advised, he loitered away the autumn, expecting very shortly a more formidable attack with artillery, and building Fort William chap. IX.} 1755. Henry, a useless fort of wood near Lake George. When winter approached, he left six hundred men as a garrison, and dismissed the New England militia to their firesides. Of the enterprise against Western New York Shirley assumed the conduct. The fort at Niagara was but a house, almost in ruins, surrounded by a small ditch and a rotten palisade of seven or eight feet high. The garrison was but of thirty men, most of them scarcely provided with muskets. There Shirley
A brave woman. --We learn that when the Slote was captured, and the men from the Mohawk went to take down the Confederate flag, Mrs. Col. D. P. Holland rushing to and seizing it, wrapped it around her and dared them to touch it, protesting that she herself would die before it should be furied. Having presence of mind to burn the sloop's papers, when Mrs H. was asked for them she pointed to the stove. An she passed Fort William with the flag given to the breeze, a salute of one gun was fired. Long may she live to see the people of the South enjoy all the blessings of civil and religious liberty, under the ample folds of the Stars and Bars.--Tallahassee News, July 8.
The Daily Dispatch: December 23, 1861., [Electronic resource], Sudden death on
Pennsylvania Avenue
, Washington. (search)
ney, seriously wounded in right arm. Lieut Col. J. B. Martin, probably killed. Ashville Guards, Co. A. Capt. Caldwell--Private Geo. S. Dannelly, killed. Coosa Valley Blues, Co F, Capt. Truss--Serg't. S. L Coleman and private R. G. Dunlop killed; private B. H. Corley, wounded severely in the thigh. Alexandria Rifles, Co D, Capt. Woodruff--Privates Jesse Sims, Calvin, Owens, Banister Jennings, and L. Crook, slight flesh wounds; and Lewis Reynolds, slightly, in face. Fort William Rifles, Co K, Capt McKenzie--Privates Bushrod, Moss, and John Callahan, killed; private J. W. Lindsay, severely wounded in the thigh. Yancey Guards, Co I, Capt. Hughes--Corporal C A Webb, privates Herman Herzburg, and William A. Jones, killed; Corporal G. L Johnston, slightly wounded in neck; private M J Hall, severely in the ankle; Abal Christopher, severely wounded in the thigh; Benj. F. Fry, slight in the heel; Lt. L. E. Hamlin, slightly wounded in shoulder and leg; private Thomas
The Daily Dispatch: May 2, 1864., [Electronic resource], History of the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina. (search)
d by the left of the 24th, led by Col Clarke, and the one on the right by the right of the 24th, assisted by the 25th. The enemy fled in terror to the houses, Fort William, and any other place which offered them protection from the fierce fire of pursuing ranks We were now in the town, and the head of every street running eawindows of which and from behind the fences they poured an incessant fire. But nothing could check our progress, and in an hour the enemy were all driven into Fort William or the entrenched camp. The fort was on our left and the camp in front. Leaving the 85th, the 8th, and a portion of the 24th to contend with the fort, the refilled ones which were lying about, and pressed on through the tents to the western side of the camp, where they could see the United States flag floating over Fort William, evidence that the fighting was not yet done. Here we were shortly joined by the 43d North Carolina, of Hoke's brigade, who came in from the west, having been