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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sumner, Charles 1811- (search)
r Douglas to a noisome, squat, and nameless animal, wrung from Sumner by a savageness of personal attack almost unparalleled, even in those days when slavery turned the Senate chamber into a bear-garden, is borrowed from a shaft which Burke launched at Lord North. The eulogy on Fessenden is, perhaps, the best specimen of his original genius, as it is one which his friends delight to contemplate as evidence of the nobility of his nature. Even here, he has to recall the reconciliation between Adam and Eve, in the Paradise lost. Sumner's methods were very simple. They have been pointed out a thousand times. He applied to every political question the plainest maxim of justice. He was sure that the people would see it, and, when they did see it, it would speedily prevail. He had the power to make them listen to him, and to make them see it as he did. He attacked the adversary in his stronghold. He would yield nothing by way of compromise. In other words, conscientiousness, faith
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vinland (search)
om the times of Leif and Thorfinn, subject to the various influences which affected similar writings at that period the world over. An interesting and valuable confirmation of the simple fact of the visit of the Northmen to Vinland is given us by Adam of Bremen, who visited Denmark between 1047 and 1073, when the voyages would have been within the memory of living men and natural subjects of conversation. In speaking of the Scandinavian countries, in his book, Adam describes the colonies in IcAdam describes the colonies in Iceland and Greenland, and says that there is another country or island beyond, which is called Vinland, on account of the wild grapes that grow there. He makes the assertion that corn also grows in Vinland without cultivation; and, thinking this may seem strange to European readers, he adds that his statement is based upon trustworthy reports of the Danes. The great work of Professor Charles Christian Rafn, of Copenhagen, Antiquitates Americanae, published in 1837, first brought these Iceland
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Westminster Abbey. (search)
arlottesville, Virginia. No flag of truce, however, could have been needed for the conveyance of this letter, which Andre simply sent from the cottage in which he was a prisoner. The flag of truce was only used by General Robertson, whom Sir Henry Clinton sent with two others to lay before. Washington the proofs of Andre's innocence. The interview was not with Washington at all, but with General Greene, whom Washington deputed to act in his behalf. We can only suppose that the designer, Adam, and the sculptor, Van Geldert, were either imperfectly acquainted with the real facts, or have allowed themselves the poetic license of their art. The heads of Washington and Andre have several times been knocked off and carried away by nefarious relic-seekers. It is hard to conceive the feelings which could permit such a vulgar mixture of sacrilege and theft. It has been sometimes supposed that this was done in old days by mischievous Westminster boys, with no loftier object than to fi
A Roster of General Officers , Heads of Departments, Senators, Representatives , Military Organizations, &c., &c., in Confederate Service during the War between the States. (ed. Charles C. Jones, Jr. Late Lieut. Colonel of Artillery, C. S. A.), Brigadier-Generals of the Confederate States Army, alphabetically arranged. (search)
gade. 157Gist, S. R.S. CarolinaGen. PembertonMarch 20, 1862.March 20, 1862.March 20, 1862. Killed in action, at the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864; in command of a brigade composed of the 16th and 24th South Carolina, the 46th and 65th Georgia regiments infantry, the 8th Georgia infantry battalion and the 1st battalion Georgia Sharpshooters. 158Gladden, A. H.LouisianaGen. B. BraggSept. 30, 1861.Sept. 30, 1861.Dec. 13, 1861. Killed at Shiloh; brigade at Pensacola composed of Lieutenant-Colonel Adam's Louisiana battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Coppen's battalion of Zouaves, Major Lary's Georgia battalion, Colonel Anderson's 1st Florida regiment and Captain Lee's artillery company. 159Godwin, A. C.N. CarolinaGen. R. E. LeeAug. 9, 1864.Aug. 5, 1864.  First Provost-Marshal of Richmond; afterwards in command of Hoke's brigade, composed of the 6th, 54th and 57th North Carolina regiments, Early's division, Army of Northern Virginia. 160Gordon, G. W.TennesseeGen. J. B. HoodAug. 16, 186
n, 4th Arkansas battalion infantry, Turnbull's Arkansas battalion infantry, Humphrey's Light battery and Reves' Missouri Scouts. Third division---Brigadier-General D. H. Maury. First brigade Commander: Colonel Dockery---18th Arkansas regiment, 19th Arkansas regiment, and 20th Arkansas regiment, McCairn's battalion and Jones' Arkansas battalion, Light battery. Second brigade Commander: Brigadier-General Moore---2d Texas, 35th Mississippi and Hobbs' Arkansas regiment infantry and Adam's Arkansas regiment infantry, and Bledsoe's Light battery. Third brigade Commander: Brigadier-General Phifer---6th Texas regiment dismounted cavalry and 9th Texas regiment dismounted cavalry and 3d Arkansas dismounted cavalry, Brooks' battalion and McNally's Light battery. Reserved Light Batteries. Hoxton's Light battery, Landis' Light battery, Gaylor's Light battery and Brown's Light battery. Cavalry. Forrest's regiment, Webb's squadron, Savery's company, McCulloch's regime
anner of child shall this be? St. Luke. And like a silver clarion rung The accents of that unknown tongue,--Excelsior! H. W. Longfellow. At the age of ten years, Charles Sumner was found qualified to enter the Boston Latin School, then under the charge of the accomplished classical scholar Benjamin A. Gould, and noted, as at present, for its thorough and persistent drill in the inceptive classical studies. Here the tall and slender lad applied himself closely to his lessons; studying Adam's Latin Grammar (which Mr. Gould edited with ability), the Gloucester Greek Grammar, Euler's Algebra, Horne Tooke's Pantheon, Irving's Catechism, and reading Cornelius Nepos, Sallust, Caesar, Cicero, and Virgil; together with Jacobs's Greek Reader, Mattaire's Homer, and other books preparatory to admission to Harvard College. The late Joseph Palmer, M. D., was an assistant instructor in the school, but was not then conscious that he was moulding the spirit of one whom he was afterwards to gr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
re with you: a supreme and absolute faith in one great Father; a revelation of Himself, at sundry times and in divers manners, --infallibly in creation, more or less fallibly in all that has been committed to human tradition, preeminently in the life of one of the sons of God known on earth as the Anointed, of whom we have some imperfect records. That religion consists in holy affections, the evidence of which is in righteous life. If you believe that man is born under a curse derived from Adam, I do not. If you believe that a finite being is allowed to ruin himself forever, I do not. At any rate I am sure you hope not. If you accept the whole collection of tracts called the Bible --the canon of which represents a majority vote, nothing more or less --as infallible, I think your ground is demonstrably untenable. Holmes's Life and letters, II. p. 147. If it is to be admitted, as it generally is, that The Chambered Nautilus is the highwater mark of Holmes's poetry,--and this no
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 5: Don Mariano. (search)
Chapter 5: Don Mariano. No one can say whether the Vallejo family-of which Don Mariano is the head-derive their line from Hercules or only from Caesar. Nothing in the way of long descent would be surprising in Don Mariano; even though his race ran up to Adam, like the pedigree made out by heralds for his countryman Charles the Fifth. You ask about the history of California, he remarks; my biography is the history of California. In one sense he is right. Don Mariano's story is that of nearly every Mexican of rank. In olden times (now thirty years ago!) he was the largest holder of land in California. Besides his place at Monterey, the family-seat, he owned a sheep-run on San Benito River, an estate sixty miles long in San Joaquin Valley, a whole county on San Pablo Bay, and many smaller tracts in other parts. High mountain ranges stood within the boundaries of his estate. With an exception here and there, these tracts have passed into the stranger's hands. Springing
Archibald H. Grimke, William Lloyd Garrison the Abolitionist, Chapter 13: the barometer continues to fall. (search)
on and excitement. They bullied him, they raged like so many wild animals against him, they attempted to crush him with votes of censure and expulsion all to no purpose. Then they applied the gag: That all petitions, memorials, and papers touching the abolition of slavery, or the buying, selling, or transferring slaves, in any State, or district, or territory of the United States, be laid on the table without being debated, printed, read, or referred, and that no action be taken thereon. Mr. Adam's denunciation of this action as a violation of the Constitution, of the right of the people to petition, and of the right to freedom of speech in Congress, found wide echo through the North. The violence, intolerence. and tyranny of the South were disgusting many of the most intelligent and influential minds in the non-slave-holding States, and driving them into more or less close affiliation with the anti-slavery movement. And so it was wherever one turned there were conflict and upr
t without a tremendous struggle. All that can hinder a work of grace confronted the revival in our army. Before the soldiers of Christ addressed themselves in earnest to the work, gambling, profanity, drunkenness, and other kindred vices, prevailed to an alarming extent. The temptation to recklessness is strong among all soldiers. Religion is supposed to be well suited to the pursuits of peaceful life, but not to rough, uncertain army life. We are led by custom, says the celebrated Adam Smith, to annex the character of gaiety, levity, and sprightly freedom, as well as of some degree of dissipation, to the military profession. Yet, if we were to consider what mood or tone of temper would be most suitable to this situation, we should be apt to determine, perhaps, that the most serious and thoughtful turn of mind would best become those whose lives are continually exposed to uncommon danger, and who should, therefore, be more constantly occupied with the thoughts of dea
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