Daring Deeds of American Generals

A.A. Kelley, 1857 - 407 pages
Jacob Brown -- Edmund Pendleton Gaines -- William Henry Harrison -- Andrew Jackson -- Alexander Macomb -- Zebulon Montgomery Pike -- Winfield Scott.

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Page 155 - The victory of Harrison was such as would have secured to a Roman general, in the best days of the republic, the honours of a triumph. He put an end to the war in the uppermost Canada.
Page 46 - Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I." Sir Roderick marked, — and in his eyes Respect was mingled with surprise, And the stern joy which warriors feel In foemen worthy of their steel.
Page 144 - Proctor's demand and threat, he said, in substance, that when the fort should be taken there would be none left to massacre, as it would not be given up while there was a man left to fight.
Page 117 - We are happy to state to our brothers present that the unfortunate transaction that took place between the white people and a few of our young men at our village...
Page 159 - But it will be such as is bestowed upon the passing meteor, whose blaze is no longer remembered, when it is no longer seen. To be esteemed eminently great, it is necessary to be eminently good. The qualities of the hero and the general must be devoted to the advantage of mankind, before he will be permitted to assume the title of their benefactor ; and the station which he will hold in their regard and affections will depend, not upon the number and the splendor of his victories ; but upon the results...
Page 336 - Should I be the happy mortal destined to turn the scale of war, will you not rejoice, oh, my father? May Heaven be propitious and smile on the cause of my country! But if we are destined to fall, may my fall be like Wolfe's — to sleep in the arms of victory.
Page 350 - Scott, and, attentively surveying him, said, you are not born to be shot — -so many times — (holding up all the fingers of both hands, to count ten) — so many times have I levelled, and fired my rifle at you.
Page 378 - Congress promptly responded with a declaration that war already existed by the act of the Mexican government. The President was authorized to accept the services of fifty thousand volunteers, and ten million dollars were placed at his disposal. War meetings were held in all parts of the •country, and within a few weeks nearly three hundred thousand men rushed forward to enter the ranks. A grand invasion of Mexico was planned by General Scott. The American forces were organized in three divisions...
Page 64 - GAINES, EDMUND PENDLETON (1777-1849). An American soldier. He was born in Culpeper Co., Va., but was early taken by his father to North Carolina. He studied law for a time, but in 1799 entered the United States army as an ensign, and from 1801 to 1803 was employed in the making of a topographical survey from Nashville to Natchez for the location of a military road. In 1802 he became a first lieutenant, and two years later military collector of customs for the district of Mobile, in which capacity...
Page 175 - Lands was attacked, he gave the blast upon his trumpet to alarm the assailants. The British commander, having been advised of the return of the Waxhaw settlers, despatched Major Coffin, with a corps of light dragoons, a company of infantry, and a considerable number of Tories, for their capture and destruction. Hearing of their approach, the settlers appointed the Waxhaw meeting-house as a place of rendezvous, and about forty of them, among whom were the two Jacksons, had assembled there on the day...

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