The Centenary of the Battle of Plattsburg: 1814 September 11, 1914, at Plattsburg, N.Y., September 6 to 11, 1914

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University of the State of New York, 1914 - New York (State) - 97 pages
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Page 7 - That a joint legislative committee to consist of three members of the Senate, to be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate, and two members of the Assembly, to be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly...
Page 86 - With sulphurous clouds the heavens were black; We saw advance the Confiance, Shall blood and carnage mark her track, To gain dominion on the lake. Then on our ships she pour'd her flame, And many a tar did kill or maim, Who suffer'd for their country's fame, Her soil to save, her rights to guard. Macdonough, now, began his play, And soon his seamen heard him say, "No Saratoga yields, this day, To all the force that Britain sends. "Disperse, my lads, and man the waist, Be firm, and to your stations...
Page 63 - Nothing was left undone to embarrass the financial operations of the government, to prevent the enlistment of troops, to keep back the men and money of New England from the service of the Union, to force the president from his seat. Yes, sir, " the Island of Elba, or a halter ! " were the alternatives they presented to the excellent and venerable James Madison.
Page 87 - As if all nature went to wreck! Amidst his decks, with slaughter strewed, Unmoved, the brave Macdonough stood, Or waded through a scene of blood, At every step that round him streamed : He stood amidst Columbia's sons, He stood amidst dismounted guns, He fought amidst heart-rending groans, The tattered sail, the tottering mast. Then, round about, his ship he wore, And charged his guns with vengeance sore, And more than Etna shook the shore — The foe confessed the contest vain. In vain they fought,...
Page 86 - Plattsburgh to Ticonderogue. And who could tell, if reaching there They might not other laurels share And England's flag in triumph bear To the capitol, at Albany! Sir George advanced, with fire and sword, The frigates were with vengeance stored, The strength of Mars was felt on board, — When Downie gave the dreadful word, Huzza! for death or victory! Sir George beheld the prize at stake, And, with his veterans, made the attack, Macomb's brave legions drove him back; And England's fleet approached,...
Page 52 - Plattsburg Bay! Blue and gold in the dawning ray, Crimson under the high noonday With the reek of the fray! It was THOMAS MACDONOUGH, as gallant a sailor As ever went scurrying over the main; And he cried from his deck, // they think I...
Page 22 - Smyth, and Cromwell. The enemy's fire was returned with effect from our batteries, and by sunset we had the satisfaction to silence seven batteries which he had erected, and to see his column returning to their camp, beyond the reach of our guns.
Page 86 - Macdonough. Parading near saint Peter's flood Full fourteen thousand soldiers stood ; Allied with natives of the wood, With frigates, sloops, and galleys near ; Which southward, now, began to steer ; Their object was, Ticonderogue. Assembled at Missisqui bay A feast they held, to hail the day, When all should bend to british sway From Plattsburg to Ticonderogue.
Page 25 - American territory was practicable, and consequently, that the men lost in storming the redoubts would prove an unavailing sacrifice, gave the signal to draw off, and soon after commenced his retreat. Such was the indignation which this order excited among the British officers, inured in Spain to a long course of victory, that several of them broke their swords, declaring they would never serve again...
Page 39 - Backside Albany stan' Lake Champlain, Little pond half full o' water; Plat-te-burg dar too, close 'pon de main; Town small — he grow bigger, do', herearter. On Lake Champlain Uncle Sam set he boat, An...

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