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Encyclopedia > Benson John Lossing

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Benson John Lossing (1813-1891) was a prolific and popular American historian, known best for his illustrated books on the American Revolution and American Civil War and features in Harper's Magazine. He was a Charter Trustee of Vassar College. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the occupation of studying history. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... “Harpers” redirects here. ... Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college situated in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. Founded as a womens college in 1861, it was the first member of the Seven Sisters to become coeducational. ...


Lossing was born February 12, 1813 in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York of old Dutch stock, originally named Lassing, that had settled Albany, New York. His formal education was curtailed when he was orphaned in 1824. Soon thereafter, he moved to Poughkeepsie to work for Adam Henderson, watchmaker and silversmith. By 1833, Lossing and Henderson formed a partnership. Lossing married his first wife, Alice Barrit, in that year. In 1835, Lossing became part owner and editor of the Poughkeepsie Telegraph. Out of that publication grew a semi-monthly literary paper, the Poughkeepsie Casket, which Lossing helped illustrate with wood engravings. Dutchess County is a county located in the state of New York. ...


In 1838, Lossing moved to New York City seeking greater opportunity as a journalist and illustrator. He edited and illustrated J.S. Rothchild's weekly Family Magazine 1839-1841 and launched his literary career with the publication of his Outline of the History of Fine Arts. In 1846, he joined William Barritt in a wood engraving business that became one of the largest of such firms in New York. His illustrations appeared in the New York Mirror and several other periodicals. During this time, Lossing sat for a portrait by Thomas Seir Cummings (1804–1894), now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The New-York Mirror was a newspaper published in New York City under many variant titles, remembered by students of American literature for printing the first editions of poems by Edgar Allan Poe. ... Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-94) was an American miniature painter and author, born at Bath, England. ... Metropolitan Museum of Art New York Elevation The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as the Met, is one of the worlds largest and most important art museums. ...


Around 1848, Lossing conceived of idea of writing a narrative sketchbook on the American Revolution. The first installment was published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1850; the completed Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution was published in 1853. To gather material for the work, Lossing traveled some 8,000 miles throughout the United States and Canada. As with his subsequent books, his pen and ink drawings served as the primary illustrations. The book won him critical acclaim and general reputation. During and after the Civil War, Lossing toured the United States and the once Confederacy. On the basis of that research, he published a three-volume pictorial field book/history of the war, which is also presumed to be Matthew Brady's first collaboration in the use of his Civil War photographs as book illustrations. In 1860-1861, the London Art Journal featured a series of Lossing's articles describing the history and scenery of the Hudson Valley; the illustrated articles were published in 1866 under the title The Hudson: From the Wilderness to the Sea. Matthew Brady (1799 – 1826) notorious bushranger in Van Diemens Land (now known as Tasmania) in the early 1800s. ...


Lossing's first wife died in 1855 and on November 18, 1856, he married Helen Sweet. In 1868, the Lossings moved to a manor, The Ridge, in Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York, that Helen had inherited from her family; there Benson had built a fireproof library to house his collection of over five thousand books and documents associated with the American Revolution and the framing of the Constitution. Lossing was actively involved in charitable, civic, literary, and historical societies, most notably serving as a Charter Trustee of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He died at home on June 3, 1891. A written reminiscence of the Lossing family and life in 19th century New York was assembled by his son, Thomas Sweet Lossing; edited by his great-nephew, Peter Hannaford, it was published as My Heart Goes Home in 1997 (Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, New York). Dover Plains is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in Dutchess County, New York. ... Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, New York (City) Poughkeepsie, New York (Town) Poughkeepsie, Arkansas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...



Benson Lossing prepared:

  • Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution (1850-52)
  • The Hudson from the Wilderness to the Sea (1866)
  • Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War (1866-69)
  • Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 (1868)

Investigations connected with the preparation of these works led to many historical studies, of which the chief are: This article is about military actions only. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck, is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and... This article is about the U.S. – U.K. war. ...

  • The Life and Times of Philip Schuyler (1860; revised, 1880)
  • Our Country: A Household History of the United States for all Readers, From the Discovery of America to the Present Time (1873)
  • The American Centenary (1876)
  • Story of the United States Navy for Boys (1880)
  • Cyclopœdia of United States History (1881)
  • History of New York City (1884)
  • Mary and Martha: The Mother and Wife of George Washington (1886)
  • Mount Vernon, or The Home of Washington
  • The Empire State, a Compendious History of the Commonwealth of New York (1888)
  • Illustrated History of the United States

He co-authored or collaborated in the following works: Philip Schuyler Philip John Schuyler (November 10, 1733 – November 18, 1804) was a general in the American Revolution and a United States Senator from New York. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

  • The Life and Times of George Washington

This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain. The New International Encyclopedia was an encyclopedia first published in the 1910s. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


External links

  • [4] Portrait, Metropolitan Museum
  • [5] Vassar College
  • [6] New York Times, May 17, 1914, Lossing library estate sale

  Results from FactBites:
 
Benson J. Lossing Biography | Dictionary of Literary Biography (201 words)
Benson J. Lossing, historian, antiquarian, editor, and wood-engraver, is best known for beautifully engraved and amply illustrated works of popular American history, works intended to make the history of the United States more available and appealing to the average citizen.
Lossing was an accomplished artist and engraver who complemented his illustrations with an informative yet familiar style of writing which invited the reader to become involved in the narrative.
Benson John Lossing was born in Beekman, a small town in southeastern New York a few miles from the New York-Connecticut border, in February 1813.
Benson John Lossing (624 words)
Lossing placed himself under the instruction of a wood-engraver in New York, became an engraver on wood, and was engaged in 1838 by the publisher of the "Family Magazine" to become its editor and illustrator.
Lossing has resided on a farm near Dover Plains, Duchess County, New York In 1873 he received from Michigan university the degree of LL.D. In 1872-'5 he edited the " American Historical Record and Repository of Notes and Queries," published in Philadelphia.
Lossing annotated Francis Hopkinson's "Pretty Story," with a biography of the author of the allegory, which was published under the title of "The Old Farm and the New Farm " (New York, 1857).
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