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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Proud, Robert 1728-1813 (search)
Proud, Robert 1728-1813 Historian; born in Yorkshire, England, May 10, 1728; went to Philadelphia in 1759, where he taught Greek and Latin in a Quaker academy until the breaking-out of the Revolution, when he gave a passive adherence to the British crown. In 1797 his History of Pennsylvania was published. It embraces the period between 1681 and 1742. He died in Philadelphia, July 7, 1813.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Quebec. (search)
c, strengthened the fortifications there. So enthusi- Old town and ramparts, Quebec. astic were the people in preparing for defence that women worked on the forts. Another expedition for the capture of Quebec was fitted out in the spring of 1759, and placed under the command of Gen. James Wolfe, then only thirty-three years of age. He left Louisburg with 8,000 troops, in transports, under a convoy of twenty-two line-of-battle ships and as many frigates and smaller armed vessels, commandeir linen frocks. The last word was mistaken for tole-iron plate—and the message created a panic. Detained by the storm, Arnold crossed the river on the night of the 13th with 500 men in bark canoes, landed at Wolfe's Cove (where Wolfe landed in 1759), ascended to the Plains of Abraham, marched towards the two gates of the city opening on the plain, and ordered his men to give three cheers to bring out the regulars to attack him, when he hoped to rush in through the open gates, and by the assi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Robertson, James 1742-1814 (search)
8th June, 1742. Died 1st September, 1814. Charlotte R., wife of James Robertson, was born in North Carolina, 2d January, 1751. Died 11th June, 1843. Their son Dr. Felix Robertson, who was born in the fort, and the first white child whose birth was in west Tennessee, died at Nashville in 1864. Royal governor, born in Fifeshire, Scotland, about 1710; was deputy-quartermaster under General Abercrombie in 1758; was at the capture of Louisburg; and accompanied Amherst to Lake Champlain in 1759. He took part in the expedition against Martinique in 1762, and was afterwards stationed in New York. At Boston, in 1775, he was made major-general, Jan. 1, 1776, and at the evacuation of that city he shared in the plunder. He was in the battle of Long Island; was military governor of New York until his return to England; and, coming back, was commissioned military governor of the city of New York in May, 1779, and remained such until April, 1783, when he again returned to England, where h
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rogers, Robert 1727-1800 (search)
Rogers, Robert 1727-1800 Military officer; born in Dunbarton, N. H., in 1727. Raising a corps of rangers, he was commissioned a major, and he and his men became renowned for their exploits during the French and Indian War. In 1759 he destroyed the Indian village of St. Francis, and in 1760 was sent by General Amherst to take possession of Detroit and other Western posts ceded to the English by the French. Going to England, he there published his journal, which he presented to the King, who, in 1765, made him governor of Michilimackinac (Mackinaw); but he was shortly afterwards sent to Montreal, in irons, to be tried on a charge of a design to plunder the fort and join the French. He was acquitted, went to England, was presented to the King, and was soon afterwards imprisoned for debt. Released, he went to Algiers and fought in two battles for the Dey. Returning to America, he joined the royalists on the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, and raised the famous corps known
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), St. Francis Indians, (search)
St. Francis Indians, A tribe inhabiting a village on the edge of Canada, which was long a terror to the frontier settlers of New England. Enriched by plunder and the ransoms paid for their captives, they possessed a handsome chapel (they were Roman Catholics), with plate and ornaments. In their village might be seen, stretched on hoops, many scalps of both sexes displayed as trophies of their valor in smiting the English. Against these Indians General Amherst, while at Crown Point, in 1759, sent Maj. Robert Rogers, a distinguished partisan officer, at the head of a corps of New Hampshire rangers. With 200 of his rangers, Rogers traversed the forest so stealthily that he surprised the village in October, slew a large part of the warriors, and plundered and burned the town. Attempting to return by way of Lake Memphremagog and the Connecticut River, the rangers suffered terribly. Their provisions gave out, and some perished for want of food; others were killed by pursuing India
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Schlatter, Michael 1716-1790 (search)
Schlatter, Michael 1716-1790 Clergyman; born in St. Gall, Switzerland, July 14, 1716; educated at the University of Helmstedt; ordained in the German Reformed Church; settled in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1746, and became pastor of the united churches of Philadelphia and Germantown in 1747. He returned to Europe in 1751, and appealed for help in Holland and England for free schools among the Germans in America. This appeal resulted in a fund of over £20,000. Schlatter retired from the active pastorate in 1755, and devoted himself to founding schools. He served in the Royal American army as chaplain in 1757-59. When the Revolutionary War began he sympathized with the patriots; was imprisoned by the British in September, 1777, and had his house sacked, because he refused to obey their orders. He died in Philadelphia, Pa., in November, 1790
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sherman, Roger 1721-1793 (search)
s industry, at the same time employing all his leisure time in acquiring knowledge, especially of mathematics. In 1743 he joined an elder brother in keeping a small store in New Milford, Conn., and the next year was appointed county surveyor of lands. For several years (1748-60) he furnished the astronomical calculations for an almanac published in New York. Meanwhile he had studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1754. He was elected to the Connecticut Assembly several times, and in 1759 became a judge of the court of common pleas. Removing to New Haven in 1761, he became a judge of the same court there in 1765, holding the office until 1789. He was also chosen an assistant in 1766, and held the office nineteen years. In 1774 he was chosen a delegate to the first Continental Congress. He continued in Congress until his death, at which time he was in the United States Senate. Judge Sherman was one of the committee appointed to draft the Declaration of Independence; served o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Shirley, William 1693- (search)
vernor (1741) he was a commissioner for the settlement of the boundary between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. As governor he was superior to his contemporaries in the same office in America. He planned the expedition against Louisburg in 1745; and was appointed one of the commissioners at Paris (1750) for settling the limits of Acadia, or Nova Scotia, and other controverted rights of the English William Shirley. and French in America. In 1754 he made a treaty with the Eastern Indians and explored the Kennebec, erecting some forts upon its banks. In 1755 he was appointed commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America. The expedition against Fort Niagara was planned by him, and led as far as Oswego. In 1759 he was commissioned a lieutenant-general. He was governor of one of the Bahama Islands afterwards, but returned to Massachusetts in 1770 and built a spacious mansion at Roxbury, which he never occupied, dying the next year after his arrival there, March 24, 1771.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Short, William 1759-1849 (search)
Short, William 1759-1849 Diplomatist; born in Spring Garden, Va., Sept. 30, 1759; was educated at the College of William and Mary; became a member of the Virginia executive council while very young; and in 1784 accompanied Jefferson to France as secretary of legation. In 1789 Washington appointed him charge d'affaires to the French Republic on the retirement of Jefferson from his post in France. This was the first commission signed by President Washington, and Short had the honor of being the first public officer appointed under the national Constitution. He was successively minister resident at The Hague and minister to Spain. He died in Philadelphia, Dec. 5, 1849.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sieges. (search)
Sieges. The following are the most noteworthy sieges in the history of the United States. See also battles. Fort William Henry, New York1757 Louisburg, Canada1758 Fort Ticonderoga, New York1758-59 Boston, Massachusetts1775 Fort Henry, West Virginia 1777 Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania1777 Fort Schuyler, New York 1777 Charleston, South Carolina1780, 1864-65 Fort Ninety-six, South Carolina1781 Yorktown, Virginia1781 and 1862 Fort Wabash, Indiana1812 Fort Wayne, Indiana1812 Fort George, Canada1813 Fort Meigs, Ohio1813 Fort Stephenson, Ohio1813 Fort Erie, Canada1814 Fort Brown, Texas1846 Monterey, Mexico1846 Puebla, Mexico1847 Vera Cruz, Mexico1847 Fort Pickens, Florida1861 Corinth, Mississippi1862 Fort Pulaski, Georgia1862 Island No.10, Kentucky1862 Fort Wagner, South Carolina1863 Port Hudson, Louisiana1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi1863 Atlanta, Georgia1864 Forts Gaines and Morgan, Mobile, Alabama1864 Fort Fisher, North Carolina1864-65 Richmond, Virginia186
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