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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Skene, Philip 1725-1810 (search)
Skene, Philip 1725-1810 Military officer; born in London, England, in 1725; entered the British army in 1739, and served against Porto Bello and Carthagena; also in Great Britain in the rebellion of 1745. He came to America in 1756, and was wounded in the attack on Ticonderoga. He was afterwards placed in command at Crown Point, and projected a settlement at the head of Lake Champlain, on the site of Whitehall. In the storming of Morro Castle (1762) he was one of the first to enter the breach. His settlement at the head of Lake Champlain was called Skenesboro, and in 1770 he made his residence there. Adhering to the crown, he was arrested in Philadelphia, but was exchanged in 1776. He accompanied Burgoyne's expedition, and was with the British force defeated at Bennington. He was taken prisoner at Saratoga. The legislature confiscated his property in 1779. He died in Bucks, England, June 10, 1810.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stark, John 1728-1832 (search)
in the battle at Trenton, and was active in that at Princeton. In the spring of 1777, displeased because he had been overlooked in promotions, he resigned his commission in the army and was placed in command of New Hampshire militia, raised there to oppose the British advance from Canada. Acting upon the authority of his State and his own judgment, he refused to obey the orders of General Lincoln to march to the west of the Hudson. He soon afterwards gained the battle at Hoosick, near Bennington (Aug. 16, 1777), for which Congress, overlooking his insubordination, thanked him. He joined Gates at Bemis's Heights, but the term of his militia having expired, he went home, raised a new force, and cut off Burgoyne's retreat from Saratoga. Stark was placed in command of the Northern Department in 1778, and in 1779-80 served in Rhode Island and New Jersey. He was also at West Point, and was one of the court that condemned Major Andre. He was again in command of the Northern Department
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ticonderoga, operations at (search)
t pursued them only to Crown Point. When, in 1775, it became apparent that war was inevitable, the importance of the strong fortresses of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, on Lake Champlain, and their possession, became subjects of earnest consultation among patriots. The subject was talked of in the Connecticut legislature after the affair at Lexington, and several gentlemen formed the bold design of attempting their capture by surprise. With this view, about forty volunteers set out for Bennington to engage the cooperation of Ethan Allen, a native of Connecticut, and the leader of the Green Mountain boys (q. v.). He readily seconded their views. They had been joined at Pittsfield, Mass., by Colonels Easton and Brown, with about forty followers. Allen was chosen the leader after the whole party reached Castleton, at twilight, on May 7. Colonel Easton war chosen to be Allen's lieutenant, and Seth Warner, of the Green Mountain Boys, was made third in command. At Castleton Colonel Ar
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
ion adjourns......Aug. 31, 1842 [It passed ninety-five acts, thirteen joint resolutions, and 189 private bills, sitting 269 days—the longest session since the beginning of Congress.] William Ellery Channing, Unitarian minister, dies at Bennington, Vt., aged sixty-two......Oct. 2, 1842 Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, commanding the United States brig Somers, while on a short cruise, hangs at the yard-arm Philip Spencer, a midshipman and son of John C. Spencer, then Secretary of War; Samuel891 Cherokee strip closed to the whites by order of the President......Aug. 13, 1891 Sarah Childress Polk, widow of exPresident James K. Polk, born 1803, dies at Nashville, Tenn.......Aug. 14, 1891 Battle monument, 308 feet high, in Bennington, Vt., dedicated; address by President Harrison......Aug. 19, 1891 Over sixty persons killed by a falling building in Park Place, New York City......Aug. 22, 1891 R. G. Dyrenforth and staff experiment in artificial rain production by dynamit
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vermont, (search)
New York, but extending into the township of Bennington......1739 Governor Wentworth, of New Hampshire, makes a grant of Bennington......1749 Bennington settled......1761 Proclamation by LieuBennington settled......1761 Proclamation by Lieutenant-Governor Colden, of New York, claiming the territory west of the Connecticut, now Vermont, un James Breakenridge appointed by deputies of Bennington at Manchester, Oct. 21, to petition the Kingels Baume and Breyman to seize provisions at Bennington; they are routed by Americans under General called Cumberland, and another west, called Bennington......March 12, 1778 Stockade fort and bloritish since 1775, exchanged, is welcomed to Bennington by a salute of fourteen guns, one for young 846 Two brass field-pieces, captured at Bennington, given to Vermont by Congress......July 10, by fire......Feb. 12, 1874 Celebration at Bennington of one-hundredth anniversary of the battle oon of the battle monument (308 feet high) at Bennington......Aug. 19, 1891 Legislature called in [2 more...]
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Vermont, (search)
orking for a twofold object—namely, to keep back the British from a threatened invasion by a show of friendly feeling, and to so alarm the Congress as to induce them to admit Vermont into the Union. After the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, in 1781, Congress offered to admit it, with a considerable curtailment of its boundaries. The people refused to come in on such terms, and for ten years they remained outside of the Union. Finally, on Jan. 10, 1791, a convention at Bennington adopted the national Constitution, and Vermont, having agreed to pay to the State of New York $30,000 for territory claimed by that State, was, by resolution of Congress passed on Feb. 18, admitted into the Union on March 4, to have two representatives in Congress until an apportionment of representatives should be made. In the War of 1812-15 the governor refused to call out the militia, and forbade troops to leave the State; but Vermont volunteers took an active part in the battle at P
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Warner, Seth 1743-1784 (search)
Warner, Seth 1743-1784 Military officer; born in Roxbury, Conn., May 17, 1743; was a man of noble bearing, sound judgment, energy, and pure patriotism. With his father, Dr. Benjamin Warner, he went to Bennington in 1765, and became, with Ethan Allen, a principal leader in the disputes between New York and the New Hampshire Grants. He and Allen were outlawed by the State of New York, and a reward was offered for their arrest. He captured Ticonderoga, May 12, 1775, and on July 27 was appoiricans from Canada. On the retreat of the Americans from Ticonderoga (July 4) in 1777 he again performed good service. In the command of the rear-guard he fought a severe battle at Hubbardton, and was compelled to retreat. At the battle near Bennington he and his command were essential aids in obtaining a victory over the invaders, and shared in the glory of the exploit. Warner remained in the service until 1782, when his constitution gave way under the strain of fatigue and hardship, and he
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wentworth, Benning 1696-1770 (search)
Wentworth, Benning 1696-1770 Colonial governor; born in Portsmouth, N. H., July 24, 1696; graduated at Harvard College in 1715; became a merchant, a representative in the Assembly, and in 1734 a councillor; and was governor of New Hampshire in 1741—67. He began making grants of land in the region of Lake Champlain in 1747, and this was the origin of the New Hampshire grants. Bennington, Vt., was named in his honor. The land on which the buildings of Dartmouth College were erected (500 acres) was given by Governor Wentworth. The ancient seat of the Wentworths is yet well preserved at Little Harbor, not far from Portsmouth. He died in Portsmouth, N. H., Oct. 14, 177
Doc. 141.-patriotic contributions to May 7, 1861. Albany, N. Y.$46,000 Auburn, N. Y.4,000 Abington, Mass.5,000 Amesbury, Mass.5,000 Acton, Mass.5,000 Boston, Mass.186,000 Brooklyn, N. Y.75,000 Bridgeport, Ct.31,000 Burlington, Vt.3,000 Bath, Mo.10,000 Batavia, N. Y.4,000 Buffalo, N. Y.110,000 Burlington, N. J.$4.000 Bordentown, N. J.8,000 Bradford, Vt.2,000 Bridgetown, N. J.1,000 Bedford, Mass.2,000 Bennington, Vt.10,000 Barre, Mass.2,000 Braintree, Mass.2,000 Bedford, N. Y.1,000 Brunswick, Me.1,000 Binghamton, N. Y.10,000 Connecticut, State.2,000,000 Cincinnati$280,000 Charlestown, Mass.10,000 Chicago, Ill.20,000 Circleville, Ohio.2,000 Clinton, Ill.5,000 Cohasset, Mass.1,000 Clinton, N. Y.1,000 Concord, Mass.4,000 Concord, N. H.10,000 Canandaigua, N. Y.7,000 Canton, Mass.5,000 Cass County, Ind.6,000 Cam. & Am. R. R. Co.10,000 Detroit, Mich.50,000 Dunkirk, N. Y.20,000 Dover, N. H.10,000 Damariscotta, Me.3,000 Elizabeth, N. J.11,000
aid until the following winter, when the Legislature amended the State-aid act, so as to include them in its provisions. Sept. 18.—The Governor wrote to General Stetson, of the Astor House, acknowledging the receipt of fragments of the flag taken by Colonel Ellsworth, at Alexandria, and of that which waved over Fort Pickens, while commanded by Lieutenant Slemmer, U. S. A. These were placed among the military relics and trophies, side by side with mementoes of Lexington, Bunker Hill, and Bennington. Sept. 19.—The Governor telegraphed to Governor Dennison, of Ohio, Five thousand infantry equipments sent forward to day, as directed. Sept. 20.—He received the following telegram from Joshua R. Giddings, American Consul, at Montreal, Canada. John Bateman, a major in the rebel army, bearer of despatches to Europe, and now returning, will be at the Revere House this evening. He is five feet nine or ten inches in height, dark complexion, dark hair, wears a moustache, and has the<
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