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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Santiago, naval battle of (search)
Santiago, naval battle of See also Sampson, William Thomas; Schley, Winfield Scott; Spain, War with. United States Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, in a narrative of the American-Spanish War, gives the following graphic history of the great naval engagement off the entrance to the harbor of Santiago de Cuba on July 3, 1898: It matters little now why Cervera pushed open the door of Santiago Harbor and rushed out to ruin and defeat. The admiral himself would have the world understand that he was forced out by illadvised orders from Havana and Madrid. Very likely this is true. It did not occur to the Spaniards that the entire American army had been flung upon El Caney and San Juan, and that there were no reserves. Their own reports, moreover, from the coast were wild and exaggerated, so that, deceived by these as well as by the daring movements and confident attitude of the American army, they concluded that the city was menaced by not less than 50,000 men. Under these conditi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Santiago de Cuba, (search)
fighting squadron under command of Rear-Admiral Sampson. The Spanish fleet had no sooner cleared the entrance to the harbor when the object of the movement was discerned by the Americans, and the fleet, under the command of Rear-Admiral Schley during the temporary absence of Rear-Admiral Sampson, at once opened the battle, which resulted in the destruction of all the Spanish vessels. For details of this notable engagement Santiago, naval battle of; Sampson, William Thomas; and Schley, Winfield Scott. After the surrender of the army and the territory under his control by the Spanish commander-in-chief in the field, Brig.-Gen. Leonard Wood (q. v.) was appointed the first American governor of the city and district. He found the city in a wretched sanitary condition, applied bold methods of reform, and so completely transformed the conditions which had existed for generations that, on the return to the United States of Maj.-Gen. John R. Brooke (q. v.), the American governor-general
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Scott, Winfield 1786-1866 (search)
Scott, Winfield 1786-1866 Military officer; born in Petersburg, Va., June 13, 1786; graduated at the College of William and Mary in 1804. These they intended to send to England to be tried for treason. Scott, who was below, hearing a commotion on deck, and informed of the caers obeyed him. The twenty-three already detected were taken away. Scott assured the officers that if the British government dared to touch , during the nullification troubles, Gold medal awarded to Gen. Winfield Scott. and his discretion did much to avert civil war. He was afteirritation on both sides. On the death of General Macomb in 1841, Scott became general-in-chief of the armies of the United States, and in , and allowances, and was succeeded by General McClellan. Gen. Winfield Scott's last meeting with Lincoln and his cabinet. Upon the occasn 1864 he made a brief visit to Europe. He published a Life of General Scott, prepared by himself. He died in West Point, N. Y., May 29, 18
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Seminole Indians (search)
. The Creeks helped their Florida brethren by attacking white settlers within their domain in the spring of 1836. Being successful, they extended their forays into Georgia and parts of Alabama, attacking mail-carriers on horseback, stage-coaches on the land, and steamboats on the rivers; and finally they assailed villages, and thousands of men, women, and children were compelled to fly from their homes and seek places of safety from the tomahawk, the bullet, and the scalping-knife. Gen. Winfield Scott, in chief command in the South then, prosecuted the war against the Indians with so much vigor that the Creeks were speedily subdued, and during the summer of 1836 thousands of them were removed to lands west of the Mississippi. At about the middle of October Governor Call, of Florida, led about 2,000 militia and volunteers from that State against the Seminoles. Near the place of the massacre of Dade and his command a detachment of them, about 500 in number, had a severe battle with
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Semmes, Raphael 1809-1877 (search)
y steamer Poinsett in 1843, and the brig Porpoise in 1846. In the war against Mexico, he was volunteer aid to General Worth, and was secretary to the lighthouse board from 1859 to 1861. He accepted the command in the Confederate navy of the steamer Sumter, with which he depredated upon American commerce. In England the fast-sailing vessel Ala- Bama (q. v. ), was built, furnished, and chiefly manned for him, in which he put to sea in August, 1863, and made a destructive cruise against American vessels and American commerce. She was sunk Raphael Semmes. by the Kearsarge off Cherbourg, June 19, 1864. Afterwards Semmes was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy in the State Seminary of Louisiana, at Alexandria. He wrote Service afloat and ashore during the Mexican War; The campaign of General Scott in the Valley of Mexico; Memoirs of service afloat during the War between the States; and The cruise of the Alabama. He died in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 30, 1877. Senate, United States
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thompson, Launt 1833-1894 (search)
Thompson, Launt 1833-1894 Sculptor; born in Abbeyleix, Queen's County, Ireland, Feb. 8, 1833; came to the United States in 1847; studied medicine and later drawing and modelling; and opened a studio in New York in 1858. Among his best-known works are statues of General Sedgwick, Winfield Scott, and Abraham Pierce, and busts of Edwin Booth, Bryant, and General Dix. He was vice-president of the National Academy of Design in 1874. He died in Middletown, N. Y., Sept. 26, 1894.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thornton, Seth Barton (search)
Thornton, Seth Barton Military officer; born near Fredericksburg, Va., in 1814; served in the Seminole War as second lieutenant of United States Dragoons, becoming first lieutenant in 1837 and captain in 1841; had command of a squadron in the Mexican War and exchanged the first shots with the enemy at La Rosia, April 25, 1846, in which engagement he was severely wounded and captured with the greater part of his force. At the close of Scott's campaign, while leading his squadron in advance of Worth's division at the village of San Augustin, he was shot dead.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tippecanoe, battle of (search)
arallelogram, having on its front a battalion of United States infantry under Maj. G. R. C. Floyd, flanked on the left by one company, and on the right by two companies, of Indiana militia under Col. J. Bartholomew. In the rear was a battalion of United States infantry under Capt. W. C. Bean, acting as major, with Capt. R. C. Barton, of the regulars, in immediate command. These were supported on the right by four companies of Indiana militia, led respectively by Captains Snelling, Posey, Scott, and Warrick, the whole commanded by Lieut.-Col. L. Decker. The right flank, 80 yards wide, was filled with mounted riflemen under Captain Spencer. The left, about 150 yards in extent, was composed of mounted riflemen under Maj.-Gen. S. Tippecanoe battle-ground in 1860. Wells, and led by Cols. F. Geiger and David Robb. Two troops of dragoons under Col. J. H. Daviess, were stationed in the rear of the first line, and at a rightangle with those companies was a troop of cavalry as a reserv
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Toombs, Robert 1810-1885 (search)
Toombs, Robert 1810-1885 Legislator; born in Washington, Wilkes co., Ga., July 2, 1810; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., in 1828; studied law at the University of Virginia; practised until elected to Congress in 1845; was a captain under General Scott in the Creek War; was several years a member of the Georgia legislature; and remained in Congress until 1853, when he became United States Senator. He was re-elected in 1859. In the Senate, on Jan. 7, 1861, following a patriotic speech by Senator Crittenden, of Kentucky, he said: The abolitionists have for long years been sowing dragons' teeth, and they have finally got a crop of armed men. The Union, sir, is dissolved. That is a fixed fact lying in the way of this discussion, and men may as well hear it. One of your confederates (South Carolina) has already wisely, bravely, boldly, met the public danger and confronted it. She is only ahead and beyond any of her sisters because of her greater facility of action.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788- (search)
Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788- Military officer; born in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 23, 1788; graduated at West Point in 1805, and was chief engineer of the army on the Niagara frontier in 1812-13. For meritorious services in the capture of Fort George he was brevetted major in June, 1813. He was chief engineer of Generals Izard and Macomb on Lake Erie in 1814, and was brevetted lieutenant-colonel for gallantry in the battle of Plattsburg. He was chief engineer of the army of General Scott in the siege of Vera Cruz in 1847, and brevetted brigadier-general. From 1846 to 1864 he was a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and in the Civil War was chief engineer of the United States army. He was brevetted majorgeneral, United States army, the day before his death, in Washington, D. C., April 22, 1864. He was author of an able Report on the subject of National defences (1851), and translator of Vicat on mortars.
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