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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 225 39 Browse Search
Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register 58 20 Browse Search
George P. Rowell and Company's American Newspaper Directory, containing accurate lists of all the newspapers and periodicals published in the United States and territories, and the dominion of Canada, and British Colonies of North America., together with a description of the towns and cities in which they are published. (ed. George P. Rowell and company) 20 0 Browse Search
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard) 17 5 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the Colonization of the United States, Vol. 1, 17th edition. 16 0 Browse Search
Knight's Mechanical Encyclopedia (ed. Knight) 7 1 Browse Search
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 1. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier) 6 0 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. 6 2 Browse Search
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 6 2 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2 5 5 Browse Search
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a rebel company, and in whose house were found arms, bedding, and cooking utensils for a company of at least fifty men. Nine hundred dollars in gold were also found, but returned by the mistaken generosity of the sergeant, to Ball's wife, without the Colonel's knowledge until after their return to the camp--N. Y. Times, June 8. The New York Nineteenth Regiment, from Elmira, commanded by Col. Clark, and the Third Maine Regiment Volunteers, Col. Howard, arrived at Washington.--(Doc. 238.) A crew of 402 seamen, ordinary seamen, and landsmen, left the receiving-ship North Carolina at Brooklyn, for Portsmouth, N. H., where they will constitute a ship's company for the United States frigate Santee, which, after lying in various positions at the Navy Yard for half a century, has been put in commission for blockade service. The Advance Brigade of Federal troops, under Col. Thomas, reached Greencastle, thirteen miles south of Chambersburg, Pa.--N. Y. World, and N. Y. Times, June 8.
. The draft riot continued at New York City. Mayor Opdyke issued a proclamation announcing that the riot, which for two days had disgraced the city, had been in a good measure subjected to the control of the public authorities.--drafting commenced in New Haven, Ct., Springfield, Mass., and Philadelphia, and passed off quietly.--the National cavalry overtook and engaged the rebels on their retreat, near Charlestown, Va., and captured near one hundred prisoners.--A riot broke out at Portsmouth, N. H., but was suppressed without casualty. A party of rebel cavalry entered Hickman, Kentucky, and pillaged all the stores in the town.--Joel Parker, Governor of New Jersey, owing to the excitement consequent upon the draft, issued a proclamation calling upon the citizens of the State to avoid angry discussions, to discourage large assemblies of the people, and use every effort to preserve the peace. --great excitement was caused among the rebels in Central Mississippi, by the movement
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 12.92 (search)
long to the Royal naval Reserve. Captain Semmes said, Mr. Kell, my first lieutenant, deserves great credit for the fine condition in which the ship went into action with regard to her battery, magazine, and shell-rooms ; and he assuredly had confidence in the speed and strength of his ship, as shown by the eagerness and dash with which he opened the fight. The prisoners declared that the best practice during the action was by the gunners who had been trained on board the Excellent in Portsmouth harbor. The Blakely rifle was the most effective gun. The Alabama fought bravely until she could no longer fight or float. The contest was decided by the superiority of the 11-inch Dahlgrens, especially the after-pivot, together with the coolness and accuracy of aim of the gunners of the Kearsarge, and notably by the skill of William Smith, the captain of the after-pivot, who in style and behavior was like Long Tom Coffin in Cooper's Pilot. To the disparagement of Captain Winslow it h
han those we daily traverse, he doubtless passed them unvexed by apprehensions of a snorting locomotive, at least as contented as we, and with small suspicion of his ill-fortune in having been born in the Eighteenth instead of the Nineteenth Century. Vagabonds, without visible property or vocation, are placed in workhouses, where they are well clothed, fed, lodged, and made to labor. Nearly the same method of providing for the poor prevails through all the States; and, from Savannah to Portsmouth, you will seldom meet a beggar. In the larger towns, indeed, they sometimes present themselves. These are usually foreigners who have never obtained a settlement in any parish. I never saw a native American begging in the streets or highways. A subsistence is easily gained here: and if, by misfortunes, they are thrown on the charities of the world, those provided by their own country are so comfortable and so certain, that they never think of relinquishing them to become strolling begg
outside. When still more than a mile distant, the Alabama gave tongue; firing three broadsides before the Kearsarge opened in reply. Winslow endeavored to close and board: but his cautious adversary sheered off and steamed ahead, firing rapidly and wildly; while the Kearsarge, moving parallel with her, fired slowly and with deliberate aim. The badness of the Alabama's practice was notable from the fact that her British gunners had been trained on board Her Majesty's ship Excellent in Portsmouth harbor. Several had recently come on board, as if on purpose to take part in tile expected fight. Firing and steaming on, the combatants described seven circles; the Kearsarge steadily closing, and having diminished, by fully half, the distance at which the Alabama opened fire; when, after a mutual cannonade of an hour, the Kearsarge, at 12 1/4 P. M., was just in position to fire grape, and her adversary, having received several 11-inch shells, one of which disabled a gun and killed or wo
rd--Capt., Samuel G. Griffin; 1st Lieut., Charles W. Walker; 2d Lieut., A. W. Colby. Co. C, of Manchester--Capt., James W. Carr; 1st Lieut., James H. Platt; 2d Lieut., S. O. Burnham. Co. D, of Dover--Capt., Hiram Rollins; 1st Lieut., Samuel P. Sayles; 2d Lieut., W. H. Parmenter. Co. E, of Concord-Capt., Leonard Brown; 1st Lieut., Wm. H. Smith; 2d Lieut., A. I. P. Thompson. Co. F, of Littleton--Capt., Thomas Snow; 1st Lieut., Joshua F. Littlefield; 2d Lieut., Harrison D. F. Young. Co. G, of Peter-borough-Capt., Ephraim Weston; 1st Lieut., Everts W. Farr; 2d Lieut., Sylvester Rogers. Co. H, of Great Falls--Capt., Ichabod Pearl; 1st Lieut., W. N. Patterson; 2d Lieut., William H. Prescott. Co. I, of Manchester--Capt., Edward L. Bailey; 1st Lieut., Samuel G. Langley; 2d Lieut., Joseph A. Hubbard. Co. K, of Portsmouth--Capt., W. O. Sides; 1st Lieut., John S. Godfrey; 2d Lieut., John S. Sides. Rev. Henry C. Baker, of Concord, accompanied the regiment as Chaplain.--Boston Transcript, June 20.
roke his left leg. The broken limb was so badly set that he could not thereafterwards wear a boot, and he resigned his commission. Unwilling to remain idle while the war was going on, and having a taste for the sea and shipping, he sailed from Portsmouth in a privateer fitted out by himself and his friends. He did some harm to the enemy, and in return therefor he received a commission from the government to be the bearer of despatches to General Jackson at New Orleans. He carried out his missng-book. In the summer I was sent away to school at Nottingham Square. This was quite two miles away from our home, especially as the last half of the distance was up a very steep hill, on which the Vermont traders in the winter, going down to Portsmouth with their sleighs heavily loaded with produce, sometimes had to double up their teams. I attended that school for six weeks, and learned to read with but little difficulty. I remained at home during the autumn, and then it was that our shoem
Maffit, the pirate Captain.--The Boston Transcript says: When a boy at school, in Portsmouth, New-Hampshire, this bad specimen of humanity always fell below his class. One of his schoolfellows remembers these couplets, which a little urchin of twelve made about him on a certain exhibition day many years ago: And here's Johnny Maffit, as straight as a gun-- If you face him square up, he'll turn round and run! The first boy in school, sir, if thieving and lies, Instead of good scholarship, bore off the prize.
ands, and the gunner made a hole in one of the Alabama's boats, and sank her, for the same reason. Before leaving the Deerhound, Captain Semmes presented to Mr. Lancaster's son one of his officers' swords and a pistol, in remembrance of the occurrence, and the kind treatment he and his men had received on board the yacht. The men stated that the best practice generally on board the Alabama, during the action, was shown by the gunners, who had been trained on board the Excellent, in Portsmouth harbor. The spectacle presented during the combat is described by those who witnessed it from the Deerhound as magnificent, and thus the extraornary career of the Alabama has come to a grand and appropriate termination. The presence of the Deerhound on the scene was a providential circumstance, as in all probability the men saved by her would otherwise have been drowned, and a lamentable addition would thus have been mate to the number of lives lost on the occasion. Nothing is known
of this gentleman's ministerial connection with the town of Medford will let us into some clear knowledge, not only of the taste and temper of our ancestors, but of their faith and wisdom, we shall here give a few details. Mr. Woodbridge was the son of Rev. John Woodbridge, of Andover. He was ordained, March 18, 1670, over the Presbyterian party in Windsor, Conn. He left Windsor, and preached at Bristol, R. I. He left Bristol, and preached at Kittery, Maine. In 1691, he resided in Portsmouth, N. H. In 1698, lie began to officiate in Medford. The subject of the church and the ministry being the paramount topic in our early times, we may not wonder if we find in it traditional enthusiasm and Protestant Popery. Our fathers found some ministers to be mere church-clocks, for ticking the seconds and striking the hours; but whether they found Mr. Woodbridge such a one, or a whip of fire, the following history will disclose. He seemed to preach so acceptably, that movements were m
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