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The Diary of Michael Shiner

Entries from 1840-1849

Table of Contents

Date Page Subject
1840 78 Death of Commodore Isaac Chancey (Chauncey)
1840 79 Death of Commodore Thomas Holddig (Holdup) Stevens in Wash. Navy Yard
1841 79 Died in the White house Major General Wm. Henry Harrison
1841 80 Death of Major General Alexander Mc Comb Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army
1843 82 Death of Commodore Isaac Hull
1844 83 Sad Accident on Board Frigate Princeton
1844 84 The Launching of the United States Sloop of War St. Mary's
1845 86 The National Theater burnt down on the 5th of March 1845
1845 86 The Mexican Minister demands his past port
1845 86 The United States iron steamer Water Witch was launched the 26th day of March on Thursday
1845 87 Death of Major General Andrew Jackson Ex. President of U. States
1846 89 Dedicated the Odd Fellow Hall on 7th St. N.W.
1846 90 The Battle of Harrington Hotel on Capitol hill
1846 92 Commander Charles Macaulay took Command of the Wash. Navy Yard in September
1846 94 The launching of the United States Steamer Frigate Union
1847 96 Celebrating the Mexican War in this City the Whole City was slit up
1847 97 Some facts about the Mexican War
1848 101 Death of Ex President John Quincy Adams
1848 101 Laying the Corner Stone of the Washington Monument
1849 103 Death of James Polk ex President of the U.S.
1849 104 Commodore Henry E. Ballard took Command of the Wash. Navy Yard, the 1st of Oct
1849 104 The Arrival of the English Sloop a Minster of War Vacar with Lord Bullwer from England

78       1840

Died in Washington commodore Isaac chaney the 27 day of Janaury 1840 on Monday he wher president of the Naval Board of Commissioners at the time they wher no seperrad Burears like they are now the commodore wher Buried on the 30 day of January 1840 on Thursday They wher Six companys of united States Marines out that day under the command Major levy Twiggs of the united States Marine Corps They wher snow and Slouch on the ground and they wher several volunteer companays out that day but the Marines takein the Right they wher no picking of ther Way that day the Major led them Right through a great manne oficers of the armmy and navy attend the funeral that day and adjuant Park Howel of the Marine Core wher one of the paul Bearers that day and adjuant general Roger jones of united States Armmy wher then

Died in washington navy yard Boatswain David eaton of the united States navy on the 22 day of Febuary 1840 on Saturday and wher as great seaman as ever stept his foot on a ships Deck he knew evry particalel [particular?] aBout ship from truck head down to the kelson

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79       1841

The Death of commodore Thomas Holdup stevins in washington navy yard the 20 day of January 1841 on Wensday

Died in Washington in the presidents Mansion the Hon Major general Wm Henery Harrison ex president of the united States the 4 of april 1841 on Sunday The Hon old veteran wher buried on the 7 of april 1841 on Weds day and agreat prosession it wher the united States flying artilry wher here on that day commanded by Major Samuel Ring gold of the united states armmy and six company of united States Marines commaned by Magor levy twiggs and various other volenteer company from the District of Columbio and Diferent section of the cun try and the hole of them wher under the Com mand of Major general alexander Mc Comb of the united States armmy

The Remaines of the Hon Majo gen Wm henry Harrison Wher takein from washington By Brigadier general archaBal henderson of the united States Marine Corps Wher takein on the 20 day of June 1841 on Saturday sargeant Mundel went with the general sargent Marks and sargeant greigs to his Resident in ohio

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80       1841

The Death of Major general alexander Mc Comb com mander in Chief of the united states arm my on the 25 day of June 1841 on Thursday and he wher Buried on the 27 day of june 1841 on Saturday the united States Flying artilry under the command of Major Samuel Ring gold of the united States armmy and wher in the procession that day and six Companys of the united states Marines under the Command of Major levy Twiggs of the Marine Corps and al the volunteer companys of the District and the Diferent parts of the Cuntry adjuant general Rodger Jones United armmy Command the Troops that day Magor general Mc Comb wher both gentelman and Soilger

Captain Jacop Bright of the Marin Riffle Company of the 6 ward wher killed By the explosion of a shell in washington navy yard and at that Time he Master of the armory he wher killed on the 7 of September 1841 on Monday he left his Wife and Children after diner and never sein them no moore in life But may the lord grant that his Soul is at rest

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81       1842

The death of Thom mas Barry a gunerin the united states navy and David Davis they wher killed in washington navy yard by the explosion of a shell on the 27 day of June 1842 on Monday they wher three Men within ten Months killed in washington navy yard may the allmighty grant that ther souls are at rest for we are all neglectful of the things that are most [needfull?] for our souls welfare for when we part from each other for our daily occupation we dont know weather we will ever Return in life again Mr thomas Barry that Wer a guner in the united States Navy Resined in 1826 and went to South America and went thir with commodore Porter and after the Hon John Quincy adams administration wher out commodore Porter came home to the united states and were sent as Minister by the Honorable Major general andrew Jackson to Constantinople and the commodore Died ther and Mr Barry came home in time and Received his warrant again in the united states navy By the influance of commodore John Rogers and Commodore Charles Morris Mr Barry was a professor of Fier Works

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82       1843

The Death of commodore isaac Hull Died in Philadelphia on the 13 day of Febuary 1843 on Monday he Died in the Com mand of the home squardron

it Commenced Snowing on the 16 day of March 1843 on thursday and snowed allday the 17 day of March on Friday 1843 and about sun down it cleared off and it snowed in those 2 day without intermission

the 2 steam frigates that belong to the united States navy the Missiourer [Misssouri] and Missiasipa [Mississippi] arrived a the united States arsnal at washington on the 18 day of March 1843 on Saturday and came up to the Washington Navy yard the 20 day of March 1843 on monday

The united States sloop of war St Marys was put on the stocks at washington navy yard in 1843 between april and May

The united States iron steamer Water witch60a wher put on the stocks at washington navy yard between april and May The Works wher suspended in Washington Navy Yard the 13 of october on tusday 1843

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60a. Michael Shiner's diary refers to three different ships called Water Witch. The first Water Witch was a steamer built in 1844-45 at the Washington Navy Yard. She was originally designed to serve as a water supply vessel, but was unable to do so as her draft was too deep to pass through the locks of the Great Dismal Swamp. After attempting to convert her to a harbor vessel or tug was also unsuccessful, she was condemned and sent to the Philadelphia Naval Yard where her hull was extended by some 30 feet and she was refitted. Because of the extensive renovations to her hull, the ship was deemed a new ship and became the second Water Witch. Water Witch [2] saw action in the Mexican War, but developed problems with her hull and propulsion systems. In 1851, her hull broke down while sailing from Norfolk, Virginia. She was towed to the Washington Navy Yard and was placed out of commission on 25 April 1851. Her machinery was removed and her hull was used for gunnery practice (See page 111 of the Diary). A third Water Witch (a wooden-hulled, side wheel gunboat) was built at the Washington Navy Yard in 1851 (See page 106 of the Diary). Interestingly, the third Water Witch was siezed by the Confederate States Navy in the Civil War and burnt to prevent recapture by the United States Navy.

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83       1844

Phillip Pinch Master painter of the washington navy yard died 28 day of January 1844 on Sunday in Washington60

A distressing affaire takein place on board of the united States Steamer frigate princeton61 By the exsplosion of a a wraught iron cannon that was imvented by Commodore Stockton and killed several gentelmen and the names wher the Hon Judge upshur wher killed and the Hon Mr gilmor was killed and the Hon Mr Maxwell wher killed and commodore Brady Cannon and a Colerd young man wher killed The Hon Colnel John Tyler ex president of the united States wher on Board that day Members of the Congress and various genteleman and ladies wher on Board that day and Commodore John Haluck and other officers wher on Board that day this hapened on the 28 day of February 1844 on Wensday on that day Mr gustavus Higdon and My Selve wher up on ninth st west and a singalar Mark appeared in the elements and it Ran from the north west and from the north west and divided the sky between south

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60. Phillip Inch, Master Painter at the Washington Navy Yard (1794 - 1844) was born in Plymouth, England. Inch was Michael Shiner's supervisor for many years. He is buried at the Congressional Cemetery.

61. On 28 February 1844, the Screw Steamer USS Princeton departed Alexandria, Virginia, on a pleasure and trial trip down the Potomac River with President John Tyler and his cabinet and approximately two hundred guests on board. After the final firing of Commodore Stockton's Peacemaker cannon, the defective gun finally burst, which instantly killed Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur; Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer; Captain Beverly Kennon (Chief of the Bureau of Construction Equipment and Repairs); Rep.Vigil Maxey of Maryland (Chargé d'Affaires to Belgium 1837-42); Rep. David Gardiner of New York; and the President Tyler's valet, a black slave named Armistead. The explosion also injured about 20 other people, including Stockton.

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84       1844

east and north east isaid to Mr higdon come62 here and look at this singular Mark across the elements and Mr Higdoncame and said inever saw any thing like that Befor sais i to him The lor hav Mercy on us something Shurly going to happened and that eveng that sad affair accured and the lord have Mercy on them and i hope that ther souls are at Rest

The launching of the united States Sloop war St Marys at washington navy yard by the Constructor Conel Charles Broady assistant Builder Mr Sydney D porter and Mr Bengamin King Quarterman and Mr John Smith Quartemanon the 24 day of october on Thursday and the Hon Conel John Tyler the president of the united States wher present and all his Cabinet wher present. Commodore John H Aulick present Captain J G Sanders present 1st Lieut Pinkey present sailing Master Charles Morris was present Boatswain W'm Watters wher present Washington Bright gunner wher present and Citizens of all Classes wher ther that day 24 day of october 1844 on thursday and they wher Dinner given that day to the Mechanicks by Mr Richard Harrington

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62. Gustavo's Higdon was the owner of a dry goods store on L Street. He did a lot of business with the Washington Navy Yard and probably knew Michael Shiner through these transactions.

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85       1844

The united States Sloop of War Saint Marys [St. Mary's] emBarked from washington navy yard on the 13 day of Decenber 1844 on friday under the Command of Captain John G. Sanders and first lietenant Canady and his other sub Bordinate officers and Crewe and a finer ship as ever floated on the Water She ran every thing down in the Gulf of Mexico in the time of the Mexican War and when she had all her crew and ballast on board and stores she appeared on the Water as if she hadn't anything in her Colnel Charles Broady the Constructor and Mr Sydney D. porter deserve great credit for the Moddel of that ship they have been as finer ship Buildt at washington navy yard as ever wher in the Built in the Country for they are kept in Commission longer The united States Sloop of war St Marys 17 years

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86       1845

[First two lines crossed out]

The Majority of Both houses of Congress united States Senate and Representatives enexation of the Texas on the first day of March 1845 on saturday

The National Theareter Burnt down on the 5 day of March 1845 on Wensday

The Mexican Minister Demond Pass port the 6 day of March 1845 on thursday

The united States iron Steamer water Witch [1] Wher launch in washington navy yard the 20 day of March 1845 on Thursday Commodore John H Aulick wher present and Captain Aloious Doorening wher present on that day and first lt Boil wher present and Sailing Master Charles Moris wher present and Boat swain Wm Watter. Befor the vessel cleared her selve she stop and they had to get purchasing out on the StarBoard63 and lar Board Sides befor they could get her oft

The united States Slop of War St Marys embarked from gosport Navy Yard with sealed orders in april 1845

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63. Starboard is the right side of a ship or vessel.

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87       1845

The Death of the Hon Major general Andrew Jackson ex president of the u s the 21 day of June 1845 on Sunday at his Resident in tennessee The Hon Major general andrew Jackson is gone and his voice are heard no moore on earth But his name still lives in the heart of the American people his spirit has takein it flight it has gone to the one that first gave it and now i trust he is setting on the Right hand of god Reaping his reward

general Taylor Received his orders in July 1845 from the president of the united states the Hon Colnel James K. polk and from the Hon W'm L Marcy Secretary of War to take up his line of march to corpus Cristi and they reached ther Destination about first of august 1845 on friday and he remained ther

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  1846

A explosion takein place in the Washington navy yard in the larbertary [laboratory] on the 12 day of Febuary 1846 on Thursday and killed a young man By the name of Dalas

Com modore John H Aulic left washington navy yard on the 21 day of febuary 1846 on Saturday

Commodore Shubrick takein command of the washington navy yard on 26 of February 1846 on Thursday

that morning when the explosion takein place at the larbertary i hadent left ther moore then fifteen Minuts and i Jest Merly saved my distance and had Bein ther twice that Morning and youster verry often go to the furnace to warm my selve

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88       1846

until the 11 of March 1846 Saturday he received his orders on the 11 of March 1846 on Wensday general Taylor pursuant to orders left Corpus Cristi for Riogrand with a armmy of a three thousand effictive Rank and file general Taylor arived the Riogrand the 28 day of March 1846 on Saturd Colonel Cross who had Been Missed from the camp on 11 April 1846 wher found on the 21 day of april 1846 on Tuesday Mired in the Chaparral general Taylor despacth an express with a requisition on the governors of Texas and louisiana for five thousand volunteers

General Taylor left point isabel the 7 of May 1846 on Thursday and fought the Battle of palo alto on the 5 day of May 1846 on Friday the Second Battle wher fought at Resaca De la palma by general Taylor and his officers and the united States armmy on the 9 day of May 1846 Saturday

A explosion takeing place in the Washington Navy yard in one of the Rocket houses at the South end of the larBertary on the 9 day of May 1846 on Saturday

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89       1846

general Taylors Disspatch from the seat of war in Merico arived at the Department in washington on the 23 day of May 1846 on Saturday and great Rejoicing wher amoung the american people that the good old war hawk had cleared his way through so handsomely.

They Dedicated the new ioo fellow Hall [Odd Fellows Hall] in washington on Senrenth [Seventh] [s]treet West on Monday 25 day of mat 1846 in Monday and a splendid procession they wher that day and i heard some of the splendid speaking that day and singing as ever i heard in my life and the Mechanics of all the Branches wher out that day and everything went on peaceful and quite.

The volenteers from the Baltimore that wher for Mexico under the Command of Colnel Watson and captain steuart arived in the City of Washington on the 28 of May on Thursday night They Marched Right from the Rail Rroad down to the Marine garrison and ther they takein ther quarters and learnrt the drill

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90       1846

The Battle of the Harrington Hotel on the navy yard on 8 Street on the 1 day of June 1846 on monday it Commenced with John Loyd and one of the sargeants of the Baltimore Battalion as the Blessed lord woud have it that day was Election day after Dinner all the Mechanics and men of different Classes were out of the yard if they had not Been those Baltimore men would of killed all those Loyds against Mr Adams comes old Mr James Meads caught one fellow and trew him clear across the Street and look around an ask if they wher anny more of them and every one of those fellows that Jumped the garison wall had a stick of wood with them those Navy Yard Men got them all Befor them and moved them and some Women helped to moved them with a volly of stones as they pass along the Mechanics of the 6 ward in washington wher going to give those Batalions a hansome Resepsion But they Behaved so Wild that the people were glad to get rid of them this old gentelman that i have References to Mr. James Meads Sr. was a finer old gentelmen as ever wher Born were kind to everybody but it wouldent do you to fool with him if you did he would make the fier fly out of you

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91       1846

they got so Bad that the Citizens of Washington had to make complaint to the Hon Wm L Marcy Secretary of war at that time the secretary orderd them to Fort Washington untill there where a vessel Charterd they Marched from the marine Barracks through the Navy yard on there way to fort washington under the command of Colonel Watson the 11 day June 1846 on thursday ther wher so Wild that they hurreid them away from Fort Washington to Mexico and the Washington Battalion went with them

Died in washington in the Six ward on 8 st east Sailing master Marmaduke Duke Dove of the united States navy near the Center house of the Marine Barracks on the 3 of July 1846 on friday as finer old gentelmen oficer as ever wher to Both White and Colered the 5 august general Taylor left Matramoras 1846 Commodore Wm B Shubrick left washington navy yard on the Tenth day of august 1846 on Monday for to take Com mand of the pacific squaron

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92       1846

commodore Charles Macauley takein command of Washington navy yard the 1 day of September 1846 on tuesday

they Commenced hauling up the united States steamer Frigate orion on the 2 day of September 1846 Wensday and she was as hard a vessel to haul up for that qualiy as ever wher she Broke all the larg purches Block Straps and some of theme told com modore McCauley that they didnt think they could get her up that she was Breaking all of the puerches so Commodore laid to them that Wouldent do that the vessel must come up and they never got her up untel the 12 of September 1846 on Saturday The last prorches that wher Riged for to finish hauling her up first lieut Zackerey Johnson that wher first lieutenant of the washington navy yard at that time had several fathoms of 1 class Frigate chain cable brought forward and strapped the block tempory with the cable and that brought her up and when she wher up they give all the Mechanic and labours ballance part of the day 64

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64. Commodore Charles S. McCauley was Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard from 1 September 1846 to 1 October 1849.

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93       1846

in Route for Monterey he arived within 2 Miles of Montrey on the 18 of september 1846 on saturday The palace wher caired By the point of a Baynet by six companies of infantry and 2 companys of texans Riflemen under the Command of lieutenant Colenel thomas Childs on the 22 of September 1846 on tuesday all of this command Belong to Brigadier general Wm J Worthes Division He wher ordered By the Commander in Chief Major general Zachrier Taylor to atack the east part of Montrey which wher done with great vigor while the Commander in Chief concentrated the atention of the enemy in front of Montrey the Commander in Chief attacked in front of Monterey the 23 of September 1846 on Wensday and Brigadear general Wm. Butler wher wounded in front of Montrey and Colenel Watson of the Baltimore volenteers wher killed the city of Monterey wher surrened to Magor General Zacherier taylor of the united States armmy by general ampudia the Mexican general on the 24 of September 1846 on thursday

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[94]

Major General Winfield Scott embarked from the City of New york to the seat of war in Mexico on the 30 day of November 1846 on Monday

launching of the united States Steamer Frigate union on the 5 of December 1846 on Saturday Commodore Charles McCauley wher present and Captain Thomas Alious Dooring wher present and first Lieutenant Zacherrier Johnston wher present and 2 lieutenant Charles poor wher present and Sailing Master Charles Morris wher present

and Boat Swain Wm Waters wher present and Mr John Smith Carpenter and other Carpenters wher present and Mr Joseph pagget and his gang wher present and the ordanary Men wher there and that same eveing she was hauld long side of the warf and then she wher Moored hamsomely.

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95       1847

Major general Winfield Scott arived on the Riogrand the 1 of February 1847 on friday for to commence operation against the Castel of St San Juan Deorloa and vericruse

The Explosion of the Copper Boiller of the Steam Engine No 1 in washington navy yard the 6 day of Febuary 1847 on Saturday and it Blasted the clothes oft a Mexican that was an apprentice and frightend him so that he left the yard shortly after that

on the 22 of Febuary 1847 on Monday a salute wher fiered in washington navy yard for general washingtons Birth day By Scond lieut Mr Charles poor and he fiered them as quick as you could discharge a musket and that was the day general taylor left Buena vista for Sertiler to strenthen it he wher escorted ther and Back with the Misisppi and kentucky Rigments and the Battle commenced befor his arival on the 23 of February 1847 on tuesday thats the day it end

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96       1847

The City of very Cuz [Vera Cruz] and Castel in Mexico wher Surrended to Major general Winfield scott and his officers and his men the 27 of March on saturday

the Mexican armmy wher alowed to leave the City of Mexico the Vera Cruz by Major general Scott consent on the conditions on the 29 of March 1847 on Monday

After General Scott left vara Cruz after some forty five or fity Miles he fellin with a trong fortyfied posision planed by General Santa anna name Cerro Gordo when general scott found they wher such a strong posision in his front the 14 of April 1848 on Wensday he turned too and Cut a Road through the Montain for to save his officers and men and on the fifteenth day of april 1847 thursday in the Morning when General Santa ana found him selve general Scott had takein on surprise the Battle of cerro gordo wher ended on the 18 day of April 1847 Sunday it wher said that general scott stood on a pile of shot in person until the Height of cerro wher carried

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97       1847

launching of the united States iron Steamer Water Witch [2] in Washington navy yard on the 6 day of May 1847 on Thursday Commodore Charles McCauley wher present an Captain Robert B Cunningham wher present and first lieutenant Hillary H. Roads wher present and Sceoned lieut Charles poor wher present and Sailing Master Charles Morris and Boatswain Wm Water present

They wher a Great Aluminations and fier works on the 8 of May 1847 on Saturday takein place in the City of Washington Celelerating the grate Battles that wher fought in Mexico by Major genreral Winfield Scott and Major general Zackariah taylor and ther officers and men and the men that Constructed the feir Works wher named Mr Benjamin Franklin Costern and smarter little fellow as anny you could scare up in the united States and it wher a splendard affaire

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98       1847

The u s States Armmy arived at publa on the 17 of May 1847 Monday under Major general Winfield Scott and his officers

Briadeer general Franklin pierce forced his March from vera cruz with twenty five hundred men under his command and he arived in publa the first of August 1847 on Sunday in time to Reinforce General Scot Major General Scott

Majoor general Scott takein up his line of March from pulela and his officers and men enroute for the capitol of Mexico on the 7 of August 1847 on Saturday

Majaor general David E. Twiggs started on the 7 of August 1847 on saturday Majaor gideon J pillow left on the 8 of august 1847 on Sunday Major general John A Quitman left on the 9 of august 1847 on Monday and Brigadier general Schields left on the 10 of august 1847 on Tuesday Major general Wm G Worth left on the 11 of august 1847 on Wedsday. Brigadier general Fraklin pierce started on the 12 of august 1847 on Thursday and Major gen george Cadwalader left on the 13 of august 1847 on friday

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99       1847

all those Divisions wher in Surporting distance of each other and all in the same Month. The Commander in Chief over took them and on the 7 of august 1847 the Commander in Chief left Briadier general Thommas Childs in Com mand of puebla Captain Thorton wher killed on the 18 of august 1847 in front of the City of Mexico 1847 on Wensday. five Battles wher fought on the 20 of august 1847 on Friday by the Americans right under the eye of general Scott Contreras and San antonio and the Hacienda and thetete du point and the Rear of Charubuco and ther wher a flag of truce sent to general Scott on the 21 Soliciting an armstice 1847 on saturday Major general Scott having Becom convinced that the Mexicans wher trifling with him he despatch on the 6 of September 1847 a letter to Santa an na complaining of certain Breaches of the of the armistices and general Scott made preparations to carry the city by assault to this purpose he Began on the 7 of September 1847 on Tuesday

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 1847

the Battle of Molino del Rey wher fought on the 8 of September 1847 on Wensday by Major general Wm J Worth and Magor general John a quitman an ther officers and men and lieutenant Colonel graham fell that day and lieutenant Colonel Martin Scott fell at Molino del Rey and Major general Worth lost one trird of his men that day but he carried that Work by the point of Bayonet

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100       1847

Major general scott commenced to ram bart Chapultepac on the 12 of September 1847 on Sunday

Chapultepac wher carried by the point of the americans Baynet By the orders of Major general Scott and Major general John A Quitman and Major general georg Cadwalader on the 13 day of september 1847 on Monday

Major general John A quitman Wher the first to hoist the american flal [flag]on the capitol in Mexico on the 14 of September 1847 on tuesday and after general Scott and his officers and men Made general Santa anna leave the City of Mexico and all that wher with him he thought he would go to the pueola and Route lieutenant Colonel Childs out from ther on the 25 of september 1847 on saturday general santa anna atacked Colonel Childs at publa But colonel childs drove him of in disorder so they didnt gave him no stoping place lieutenant while the american armmy Wher in Mexico they kept him allways Skaird up

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101       1848

The Hon ex president Mr John quincy adams Died in the united States house of Representative on the 23 of Febuary 1848 on tuesday at half past six oclock at night

The Funeral of the Hon ex president John quincy adams took place the 27 of Febuary 1848 on Saturday

The Treaty of peace wher Ratafied in the united states Senate Between Mexico and the united states in the early part of March 1848

all the Mechanic and laberours of the Washington navy yard volinteer ther selves to carry the corner stone of general Washingtons Monument and they carried from fourteenth Street Bridge and Brigadier General Archabal Henderson of the U S Merrines and they Walked of with it By the tune of hail Columbia and yankee doodle on the 7 of June 1848 on Wensday ther wher it Remains and they had to get the truck out of the Navy Yard and they got it off the Stone Wagon an put it on the truck and walk off with it Hamsomely

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102       1848

the Coner stone of general Washington Monament wher laid in Washington by the Hon Colonel James K polk ex president of the united States on the forth of July 1848 Tuesday and they wher a great prosesion that day diferent volunteer Company and the united states draggones [dragoons] from Carlile Barracks Pennsylvance 3 or 4 company of them under the command of lietenant Colonel Charles May united states armmy and one battery of flying artillery and several volunteer companies from Alexandria and from diferrent parts of the Country and ex governors of states and territory and sentor and Representative wher present and the Mayo[r] of the city of Washington and aldermen Common Councolmen and the Citizens of Washington and Georgetown and alexandria and it wher a splendrd day evry thing went on peacefully and quite that day an they had a good dissplay of Fier Works that night and the fier Works wher supplied By and old gentelman By the [name] of Mr george Marshal a guner in the united States navy the holl of the Milatary force that wher out that day Wher commanded by Major general John a quitman

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103       1849

A fier took place on 8 Street east on the 14 of april 1849 on Saturday and the united States Brig Washington embark from Washington Navy yard the 8 day of May 1849 on Tuesday under the Command of lieutenant Wainright

The iron united States Steamer Water witch [2] embark from Washington navy yard the 28 day of May 1849 on Monday under the Command of lieutenant Tolten

Died at his Residence in tenesee the Hon. Colonel James K polk ex president of the united U S on the 15 day of June 1849 on friday as fine a man never was When he came in as president of the united U S he had his hands full for he had oregon and Mexico to contend with and with the assistance of allmighty god he [illegible] left his chair her left erverthing squar and faire Mr polk wher a gentelman and statesman and he followed the steps of the Hon Major general andrew Jackson as Much as anny man i ever saw65

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65. On 9 August 1849 Michael Shiner married Jane Jackson (Feb. 1834 - April 21, 1884) in Washington, DC. Michael Shiner's diary does not have any reference to his second marriage or what became of his first wife, Phillis. His Diary is simply silent as to his family life with Janet Jackson, and the couple's children.

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Commodore henry E Ballard takein command of Washington navy yard the 1 day of october 1849 on Monday.

The Death of Charles Mcclain by the explotion of a gun he wher a gunner in the U S Navy at washington navy yard on the 13 day of November 1849 on tuesday.

the [illegible] arival of the inlish [English] Sloop of War vacar with Sire lord Bullwer a minister from inland arived in front of the arsnal at Washington the 21 day of December 1849 on on Friday

A fier Broke out at philips Welles and Burnt his house down to ashes an 3 of his Children and a man that wher living with them on the 25 day of Decem 1849 on tuesday

The inglish sloop of war vacer left the arsnal in Washington on the 27 day of December 1849 on Thursday for england

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