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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), De Zeng, Frederick Augustus, Baron, 1756-1838 (search)
De Zeng, Frederick Augustus, Baron, 1756-1838 military officer; born in Dresden, Saxony, in 1756; came to America in 1780 as captain in one of the Hessian regiments; and at the end of the Revolutionary War married an American lady and settled in Red Hook, N. Y. He was naturalized in 1789, and became intimate with Chancellor Livingston, Governor Clinton, General Schuyler, and others, and was greatly interested in the opening of canals and in the navigation of the interior waters and lakes. He died in Clyde, N. Y., April 26, 1838.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Gadsden, Christopher 1724-1805 (search)
Gadsden, Christopher 1724-1805 Patriot; born in Charleston, S. C., in 1724; was educated in England; became a merchant in Charleston; and a sturdy champion of the rights of the colonies. He was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress, and ever advocated openly republican principles. He was also a member of the first Continental Congress. Chosen a colonel in 1775, he was active in the defence of Charleston in 1776, when he was made a brigadier-general. He was active in civil affairs, and was one of the many civilians made prisoners by Sir Henry Clinton and carried to St. Augustine. He was exchanged in 1781 and carried to Philadelphia. In 1782 he was elected governor of his State, but declined on account of infirmity. He died in Charleston, S. C., Aug. 28, 1805.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harnett, Cornelius 1723-1781 (search)
state near Wilmington, being a man of considerable wealth. He was influential in his State, and was among the first to Harnett's House. denounce the Stamp Act and kindred measures. He was a leading man in all public assemblages as the Revolutionary War approached; was president of the provincial congress in 1775; and on the abdication of the royal governor (Martin) became acting governor of the State. He was excepted in an offer of pardon to the inhabitants of North Carolina by Sir Henry Clinton, in which exception was ineluded Robert Howe. He was the chief constructor of the constitution of North Carolina, framed in 1776, under which Harnett became one of the council: and in 1778 he was elected to Congress. While the British held possession of the country adjacent to Cape Fear River in 1781, Harnett was made prisoner, and died in confinement, April 20, 1781. His dwelling was a fine old mansion, about a mile and a half from the centre of the city of Wilmington, N. C., on the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Harris, George, Lord -1829 (search)
Harris, George, Lord -1829 Military officer; born March 18, 1746; became captain in 1771, and came to America in 1775. He was in the skirmish at Lexington and was wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill. In the battles of Long Island, Harlem Plains, and White Plains, and in every battle in which General Howe, Sir Henry Clinton, and Earl Cornwallis, in the North, participated, until late in 1778, he was an actor. Then he went on an expedition to the West Indies; served under Byron off Grenada in 1779; also, afterwards, in India, and in 1798 was made governor of Madras, and placed at the head of the army against Tippoo Sultan, capturing Seringapatam, for which service he received public thanks and promotion. In 1812 he was raised to the peerage. He died in Belmont, Kent, England, May 19, 1829.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Horsmanden, Daniel 1691- (search)
Horsmanden, Daniel 1691- Jurist; born in Gouldhurst, Kent, England, in 1691. In May, 1733, he was called to the New York City council; afterwards was recorder, chief-justice, and president of the council. He published The New York conspiracy, or the history of the negro plot; and Letters to Governor Clinton.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Howe, Robert 1732- (search)
was in the legislature in 1773; was one of the earliest and most uncompromising of the patriots of the Cape Fear region, and was honored with an exception, together with Cornelius Harnett, when royal clemency was offered to the rebels by Sir Henry Clinton, in 1776. He was appointed colonel of the 1st North Carolina Regiment, and with his command went early into the field of Revolutionary strife. In December, 1775, he joined Woodford at Norfolk, in opposition to Lord Dunmore and his motley r his gallantry during this campaign, Congress, on Feb. 29, 1776, appointed him one of five brigadier-generals in the Continental army, and ordered him to Virginia. In the spring of 1776, British spite towards General Howe was exhibited by Sir Henry Clinton, who sent Cornwallis, with 900 men, to ravage his plantation near old Brunswick village. He was placed in chief command of the Southern troops in 1778, and was unsuccessful in an expedition against Florida and in the defence of Savannah.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Howe, William 1729- (search)
n battle on Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776, and for this he was soon after knighted. He took possession of New York City, Sept. 15, and was defeated in battle at White Plains (q. v.), Oct. 28. On Nov. 16 he captured Fort Washington, on Manhattan Island, and in July, 1777, sailed in the fleet of his brother, Admiral Howe, for Chesapeake Bay. Marching for Philadelphia, he defeated Washington in battle on Brandywine Creek, Sept. 11, 1777, and entered Philadelphia on Sept. 26. Howe repulsed an attack made by Washington, Oct. 4, at Germantown, and spent the ensuing winter in Philadelphia. In May, 1778, he was succeeded by Sir Henry Clinton, and returned to England. Sir William was made lieutenant-general of ordnance in 1782, and in 1786 colonel of dragoons and full general. In 1795 he was appointed governor of Berwick, and on the death of his brother, in 1799, succeeded to his Irish viscounty. Howe was governor of Plymouth and a privy-councillor at the time of his death, July 12, 1814.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), King's Ferry, the (search)
King's Ferry, the Between Stony Point and Verplanck's Point, on the Hudson River, just below the lower entrance to the Highlands, was an important crossing-place, known as the King's Ferry. It was by this ferry that the great route from the Eastern to the Middle States crossed the Hudson. It was defended by two forts— Stony Point on the west side, and Fort Lafayette, at Verplanck's Point, on the east. Sir Henry Clinton resolved to seize this ferry and its defences. On Old sign. the return of the expedition of Matthews and Collier from Virginia, Sir Henry ascended the Hudson with the same squadron and 6,000 soldiers. He landed his troops on both sides of the river, May 31, 1779, a few miles below the forts. The works on Stony Point were View at King's Mountain battle-ground. unfinished, and, on the approach of the British, were abandoned. Cannon were placed on its outer works, and brought to bear on the fort at Verplanck's Point, which, invested on the land side, was c
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kingston, burning of (search)
Kingston, burning of Sir Henry Clinton's success in capturing Forts Clinton and Montgomery emboldened him to send a marauding expedition up the Hudson to make a diversion in favor of Burgoyne, hoping thereby to draw many troops from the army of Gates to defend the exposed country below. Early on the morning after the capture of the forts, Oct. 7, 1777, the boom and chain were severed, and a flying squadron of light armed vessels under Sir James Wallace, bearing the whole of Sir Henry's land force, went up the river to devastate its shores. Sir Henry wrote a despatch to Burgoyne on a piece of tissue-paper, saying, We are here, and nothing between us and Gates, and enclosing it in a small, hollow bullet, elliptical in form, gave it to a messenger to convey to the despairing general. The messenger was arrested in Orange county as a spy. He swallowed the bullet, which an emetic compelled him to disgorge. The message was found and the spy was hanged. The marauding force, meanwhil
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Knyphausen, Baron Wilhelm von 1716-1800 (search)
Knyphausen, Baron Wilhelm von 1716-1800 Military officer; born in Lutzberg, Germany, Nov. 4, 1716; began his military career in the Prussian service in 1734, and became a general in the army of Frederick the Great in 1775. He arrived in America in June, 1776, and was first engaged in battle here in that of Long Island in August following, in which he commanded a body of Hessian mercenaries. Knyphausen was in the battle of White Plains; assisted in the capture of Fort Washington, which was named by its captors Fort Knyphausen; was conspicuous in the battle of Brandywine in 1777, and in Monmouth in 1778; and commanded an expedition to Springfield, N. J., in June, 1780. In the absence of Sir Henry Clinton he was in command of the city of New York. He died in Cassel, Dec. 7, 1800.
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