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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gregory, Francis Hoyt 1789-1866 (search)
d eighteen months. In the war with Mexico he commanded the frigate Raritan. His last sea service was in command of the African squadron. During the Civil War he superintended the construction of iron-clads. On July 16, 1862, Captain Gregory was made a rear-admiral on the retired list. During the War of 1812, supplies for the British were constantly ascending the St. Lawrence. Chauncey ordered Lieutenant Gregory to capture some of them. With a small force he lay in ambush among the Thousand Islands in the middle of June, 1814. They were discovered, and a British gunboat was sent to attack them. They did not wait for the assault, but boldly dashed upon and captured their antagonist. She carried an 18-pounder carronade, and was manned by eighteen men. These were Francis H. Gregory. taken prisoners to Sackett's Harbor. This and other exploits, though appreciated at the time, were not then substantially rewarded, except by promotions; but, thirty years afterwards, Congress gav
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Johnston, William 1780- (search)
born in Canada, in 1780; was an American spy on the Canada frontier during the War of 1812-15. He was living at Clayton, N. Y., on the bank of the St. Lawrence, when the patriot war in Canada broke out in 1837. Being a bold and adventurous man, and cordially hating the British, Johnston was easily persuaded by the American sympathizers in the movement to join in the strife. The leaders regarded him as a valuable assistant, for he was thoroughly acquainted with the whole region of the Thousand Islands, in the St. Lawrence, from Kingston to Ogdensburg. He was employed to capture the steamboat Robert Peel, that carried passengers and the mail between Prescott and Toronto, and also to seize the Great Britain, another steamer, for the use of the patriots. With a desperate band, Johnston rushed on board of the Peel at Wells's William Johnston. Island, not far below Clayton, on the night of May 29, 1838. They were armed with muskets and bayonets and painted like Indians, and appeared