The production of this work is the result of a want which has been long and sensibly felt. Although there are several collections of lives of American officers, there is none which comes down to this period, and none which contains a large number of lives. After the war with Mexico a lively curiosity respecting was awakened regarding the personal history of the officers who have distinguished themselves before that event; and this has led to a fresh desire for general information respecting the military history of the country. To meet this desire the present work has been written. Contents: Colonel Aaron Burr Alexander Hamilton Alexander Macomb Andrew Jackson Andrew Pickens Anthony Wayne Anthony Walton White Arthur St. Clair Baron De Kalb Benedict Arnold Benjamin Lincoln Charles Lee Daniel Morgan David Humphreys David E. Twiggs Eleazar Wheelock Ripley E. Pendleton Gaines Ethan Allen Francis Marion Friedrich Wilhelm Von Steuben. George Clinton George Croghan George Washington Gideon J. Pillow Gilbert Mottier La Fayette Henry Dearborn Henry Knox Horatio Lloyd Gates Hugh Mercer Isaac Roach Isaac Shelby Israel Putnam Jacob Brown James Clinton Jeremiah Wadsworth John Eager Howard John James John Laurens John A. Quitman John Stark John Sullivan John Trumbull John E. Wool Joseph Reed Joseph Warren Nathanael Greene Nathan Towson Otho H. Williams Peleg Wadsworth Peter B. Porter Philip Schuyler Richard M. Johnson Richard Montgomery. Colonel Seth Warner Thaddeus Kosciusko Thomas Mifflin Thomas Sumpter William Richardson Davie William Eaton William Henry Harrison William Heath William Moultrie William J. Worth Winfield Scott Zachary Taylor Zebulon Butler Zebulon Montgomery Pike
While the Naval Biography of England and the other great maritime powers has been written by the ablest authors, and published with every aid of embellishment and typographical elegance, that of the United States has hitherto been permitted to remain mostly unwritten; or has only presented itself to public notice in the fugitive form of magazine or newspaper articles. It is not to be denied, however, that some of the lives which have appeared in this form were furnished by the ablest writers in the country, and derive their authority from original documents, letters, and personal narratives. From the materials for an American Naval Biography thus furnished, in addition to other original materials politely furnished by surviving naval officers, or the families of those who are deceased, the following work is composed. Contents: Alexander Murray Charles Stewart David Porter Edward Preble Isaac Hull Jacob Jones James Biddle James Lawrence John Barry John Paul Jones Johnston Blakeley Joshua Barney Nicholas Biddle Oliver H. Perry Richard Dale Stephen Decatur Thomas Macdonough Thomas Truxtun William Henry Allen William Bainbridge
"In proposing Historical Examples to the young, the author of this work hopes to incite them to the study and practice of those active duties and virtuous habits which form the basis, not less of success in life and private happiness than of distinction and honour among men. Example is said to be better than precept. It certainly is more effective, inasmuch as it leads the pupil gently along that difficult path where precept seeks to drive, or merely to point the way. Precept says, "Go on!" Example says, "Come on! follow me!" The greater efficiency of the latter exhortation, especially with the young, who are naturally more imitative than obedient, must be obvious to every one. "Wise saws" are very good things; but "modern instances" are better. It must be observed, however, that in referring to the worthy actions of historical personages, these particular actions only are set forth as examples for imitation. Other well known deeds or traits of character, of the same personages, may be unfit for imitation, either by reason of the different position of the person, or the imperfection of those other traits of his character. The young reader, therefore, will understand that it is by no means the author's intention to recommend every historical personage, mentioned in this volume, as a model for imitation in his general character; but only with reference to the particular action or sentiment, which is the subject of commendation in the following pages"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).
History of the Republic of Mexico from before the Conquistadors to 1882. Focus of the book is concentrated on the 19th century detailing the wars of Mexico, including their war for Independence, and the wars with Texas and the United States. Attention is also given to social and economic aspects of the country again focusing on late 19th century statistics.