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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman . 42 0 Browse Search
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 10 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1 4 0 Browse Search
Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 2 0 Browse Search
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative 2 0 Browse Search
Knight's Mechanical Encyclopedia (ed. Knight) 2 0 Browse Search
Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 0 Browse Search
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he Government he then served, could have called to his side a single Southern officer. Sure am I that none of those who afterward, with great sorrow, felt themselves obliged to leave the service and go to the defense of their own people, for whom many of them gave up their lives, would have been found among the number. The only complaint I ever heard from General Sumner as to the condition of the command as he received it was, that he was not assured of the loyalty of the commander of Alcatraz Island, I do not remember whether or no he superseded him. This, however, is known, that the officer continued to serve the United States during the war; and so Sumner must have learned that, even in this instance, General Johnston had been true. General Johnston, however, had acted from no special knowledge of the officer's politics, but from his own honest instincts, which brought the conviction that a gentleman would not accept a trust which he might be induced to betray. The meeting
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
gular expresses, we heard occasionally from Yerba Buena and Sutter's Fort to the north, and from thi-monthly courier line was established from Yerba Buena to San Diego, and we were thus enabled to koney for property in such a horrid place as Yerba Buena, especially ridiculing his quarter of the c8. I had occasion to make several trips to Yerba Buena and back, and in the spring of 1848 Coloneld gold. Some of this gold began to come to Yerba Buena in trade, and to disturb the value of merche started by the usually traveled route for Yerba Buena. There Captain Folsom and two citizens joie mouth of the bay was known universally as Yerba Buena; but that name was not known abroad, althoulized world. Now, some of the chief men of Yerba Buena, Folsom, Howard, Leidesdorf, and others, kneir contents, and were anchored in front of Yerba Buena, the first town. Captains and crews desertn Jose, where Folsom and those belonging in Yerba Buena went in that direction, and we continued on[10 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 2: early recollections of California--(continued). 1849-1850. (search)
Sutterville, the plateau of the Sacramento approached quite near the river, and it would have made a better site for a town than the low, submerged land where the city now stands; but it seems to be a law of growth that all natural advantages are disregarded wherever once business chooses a location. Old Sutter's embarcadero became Sacramento City, simply because it was the first point used for unloading boats for Sutter's Fort, just as the site for San Francisco was fixed by the use of Yerba Buena as the hide-landing for the Mission of San Francisco de Asis. I invested my earnings in this survey in three lots in Sacramento City, on which I made a fair profit by a sale to one McNulty, of Mansfield, Ohio. I only had a two months leave of absence, during which General Smith, his staff, and a retinue of civil friends, were making a tour of the gold-mines, and hearing that he was en route back to his headquarters at Sonoma, I knocked off my work, sold my instruments, and left my wag
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 1: from the U. S.A. Into the C. S.A. (search)
we took the Cortes, and, after touching at Squimault and Portland, we reached San Francisco on the 20th. We were too late to catch the Panama steamer of that date, as we had hoped, and the next boat was May 1. As our steamer made fast to the wharf all my personal plans were upset. A special messenger, waiting on the wharf, came aboard and handed me an order by telegraph and Pony Express relieving me from duty with my company, and ordering me to report to Lt. McPherson in charge of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco harbor. I was very sorry to receive this order, as it deprived me of transportation, leaving me, with my wife, over 6000 miles from home by the only available route, and it precipitated my own resignation, which I might have reasonably delayed until I was back in the East. But there was now no longer any doubt that war was inevitable, and, indeed, within a day or two the Pony Express and telegraph line brought news of the fall of Fort Sumter. So when I reported t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), San Francisco, (search)
ne 27, the place where they established the Spanish mission of San Francisco, Oct. 8, 1776. The settlement by Americans dates from 1836, when Jacob P. Leese, an American residing in Los Angeles, obtained from Governor Chico a grant of land in Yerba Buena, and built a small frame-house on present south San Francisco from the Bay. side of Clay Street, west of Dupont, celebrating its completion by raising the American flag, July 4, 1836. In 1840 there were four Americans, four Englishmen, and six other Europeans in Yerba Buena. In January, 1847, the name was changed to San Francisco. The first steamer of the Pacific Mail Company reached San Francisco Feb. 28, 1849, and the discovery of gold in the same year brought hundreds of steamships and sailing vessels filled with gold-seekers. The excitement was so great that at one time 400 ships were in the harbor, which had been deserted by their crews. The usual conditions of a frontier mining town soon developed, and crime became so
Fig. 6026 shows the diver at work. Plate LXV, shows a view of the Hallett's Point operations, looking down into the shaft. The sails of ships appear above the coffer-dam, which holds back the water. The Blossom rock, a dangerous reef lying directly in the course which vessels are frequently compelled to take in entering or leaving San Francisco Harbor, was discovered by Captain Beechey, of H. M. S. Blossom, in 1826. It is situated nearly midway between the islands of Alcatraz and Yerba Buena, and its top was but 5 feet below mean low water previous to the operations which resulted in its removal as an impediment to navigation in 1870. It was composed of a metamorphic sandstone of variable hardness, having a specific gravity of 2.64, and in some places containing small beds of gravel cemented together with a bluish substance resembling clay. Its greatest length was 195 feet, and its greatest width 105 feet at 24 feet below low water. The quantity of rock to be removed in or
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, California Volunteers. (search)
A --Ordered to Chico, Cali., August 20, 1863, and duty there till May, 1864. Ordered to Alcatraz Island May 30, and duty there till muster out. Companies C, E and G --Ordered to Fort Humboldt Camp Bidwell, near Chico, till October 24. At Benicia Barracks till June 1, 1864, and at Alcatraz Island till June, 1865. Companies D and I moved to Fort Churchill June 4, 1865. Regiment mus October, 1865. Company E --Organized at San Francisco January 25, 1865. Stationed at Alcatraz Island till October, 1865. Company F --Organized at San Francisco February 14, 1865. Station65. Company G --Organized at Marysville and mustered in January 5, 1865. Stationed at Alcatraz Island till October, 1865. Company H --Organized in Calaveras County and mustered in February 27, 1865, at San Francisco. Stationed at Alcatraz Island and Fort Point till October, 1865. Company I --Organized in Yuba and Sierra Counties and mustered in at San Francisco February 6, 1865.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 1: San Carlos. (search)
ng our dogs keep watch, we vault the fence of sundried bricks, and feel our feet within the sacred courts; as sacred in this hour of ruin, as when cross and pyx were carried round these walls by holy men, and angelus and vesper swelled from the choir. The soil is black, the odour aromatic; for at every step, you tread on thyme and sage. Sweet herbs and grasses make their home along these shores. Not long ago, the site now covered by the banks and wharves of San Francisco, was known as Yerba Buena, otherwise Good Herb, the Spanish name for mint; and yet these court-yards of San Carlos are deserted wastes, choked up with briars, and scratched by catamounts into deep and treacherous holes. Along the outer fence stand wrecks of school and bastion, hut and hospital, as desolate as a heap of ruins on the Sea of Galilee. Blocks in which the Red-skins lodged and the Christian fathers prayed, stand open to the sky, hedged in by weeds, and overgrown with grass. Some hundreds of natives l
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 15: Bay of San Francisco. (search)
Chapter 15: Bay of San Francisco. A long and narrow inland sea, about the size and volume of Lake Leman, open to the ocean by an avenue called the Golden Gate; a stretch of water locked within the arms of picturesque and sunny hills, with islets sprinkled up and down, as Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Yerba Buena, round the cliffs of which skim flocks of gulls and pelicans; the inner shores all marsh and meadow, falling backward to the feet of mountain chains; shores not only rich in woods, in springs, in pastures, but adorned at every jutting point by villages of saintly name; a group of white frame houses, partly hidden by a fringe of cypresses and gum trees,--such is the Bay of San Francisco, as her lines are swept from Belmont Hill. The lordship of this inland sea is written on her face, as plainly as the legend on a map. The villages of saintly names, San Rafael, Santa Clara, San Leandro, and the rest, all nestle near the water's edge, while on the higher grounds, among th
Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical (search)
hen he went on duty in the field with the Utah expedition. Returning to the military academy near the close of 1858, he remained until 1860, first as assistant instructor, next as assistant professor of engineering, then as instructor in the use of small-arms, military gymnastics, etc., and finally was attached to a company of engineer troops at West Point. Afterward he was a member of the board for the trial of small-arms, and assistant engineer in the construction of the defenses at Alcatraz island, San Francisco harbor. In 1861, when it became evident that war could not be avoided, Lieutenant Alexander resigned his commission in the army of the United States, and on April 3d entered that of the Confederate States as captain of engineers. He was on the staff of General Beauregard as engineer and chief of signal service from July 1st to August, 1861, acting in this capacity at the first battle of Manassas. Subsequently, until November 8, 1862, he was chief of ordnance of the arm