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Bennet Riley

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

(1787–1853) military governor and army officer. Riley fought ably in the War of 1812. Between 1816 and 1817 he served as captain with the Regiment of Riflemen. When that unit was disbanded,...

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Havana

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Although its first playhouse was not built until 1775, Havana had enjoyed theatrical performances since its founding by the Spanish in 1519. On the Plaza de Armas, Corpus Christi...

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James Iredell Waddell

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

(1824–1886) U.S. and Confederate naval officer. Born in Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 1824, James Iredell Waddell entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1841. He saw action off Veracruz...

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John Gray Foster

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(1823–74) Union army officer and military engineer, born in Whitefield Coos County, New Hampshire. Foster was in charge of the fortifications in Charleston harbor and second in command at...

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Joseph Gilbert Totten

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(1788–1864) U.S. army officer and engineer. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Totten graduated from West Point in 1805 with a commission as a second lieutenant of engineers. He served as ...

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Josiah Gorgas

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(1818–83) Confederate army officer, born in Running Pumps, Pennsylvania. As chief of ordnance, Gorgas enacted policies of importation, industrial expansion, and blockade running that turned...

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Lesley James McNair

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(1883–1944) U.S. army officer. Born in Minnesota, McNair graduated from West Point in 1904 with a commission in the artillery. He took part in the occupation of Veracruz in 1914 ...

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Matthew Calbraith Perry

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

(1794–1858),

American naval officer and diplomat, born at Newport, RI. He joined the navy in 1809, seeing action in the war of 1812. However, his chief claim to fame rests on his...

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Mexican War

Overview page. Subjects: History — Warfare and Defence.

(1846–48) a war that vastly increased U.S. territory and contributed to the sectional crisis. Elected in 1844 on a platform of expansionism, James K. Polk moved quickly to fulfill his ...

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Raphael Semmes

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(1809–77) Confederate naval officer, born in Maryland. He fought in many of the major engagements of the Mexican War (1846–48), including Veracruz, Cerro Gordo, and Mexico City. When the...

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