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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813
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Posted on 09/10/2007 8:55:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

We have met the enemy and they are ours:
Two Ships, two Brigs, one Schooner & one Sloop.
Yours, with great respect and esteem
O.H. Perry.

With these words, 28 year old Oliver Hazard Perry gave notice that the British would never again be a naval power on the Great Lakes, and would be forced to resupply Fort Detroit (earlier lost by the U.S.--in fact, you could say that the British were kicking our butts up and down the continent) by land, through what now is Ontario.

Apart from his decisive, and strategic, victory Perry is remembered for transferring his flag under fire from his brig Lawrence*, itself shot to pieces with devastating casualties and later surrendered, to the brig Niagara upon which he fought the battle to its conclusion. This event is depicted by William Henry Powell's oil painting, hanging in at the head of the east stairway in the Senate wing of the Capitol.

*The flag itself, in a twist of irony, bore the words of the Lawrence's namesake, "Don't Give Up the Ship" and not the Stars & Stripes depicted by the artist. No one knows one way or the other whether Perry's rowboat was flying a flag of any kind.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Military/Veterans; Travel
KEYWORDS: 1812; godsgravesglyphs; military; navy
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Good synopsis of the battle here, with some depictions of ship positions during the course of the engagement.

The Erie Maritime Museum is the homeport of a replica of the brig Niagara, and also contains a replica of a portion of Perry’s original flagship, the brig Lawrence.

Benson J. Lossing's pictorial history of the battle here.

Another good history by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission here.


1 posted on 09/10/2007 8:56:00 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama

Imperial hegemon United States winning its first ever fleet engagement ping.


2 posted on 09/10/2007 9:06:13 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

reference bump


3 posted on 09/10/2007 9:12:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: 1rudeboy

4 posted on 09/10/2007 9:23:04 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Do you know of anyone that keeps a Navy ping list?


5 posted on 09/10/2007 3:42:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Interesting thread, thanks and bump.


6 posted on 09/10/2007 4:24:05 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: 1rudeboy; Neil E. Wright

bump!


7 posted on 09/10/2007 4:32:11 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: 1rudeboy

We need more stories like this so that our undereducated kids know what our ancestors went through to establish this country!


8 posted on 09/10/2007 4:55:47 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: 1rudeboy
Do you know of anyone that keeps a Navy ping list?

If there is such a ping list, I want on it.

9 posted on 09/10/2007 5:58:42 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Apart from his decisive, and strategic, victory Perry is remembered for transferring his flag under fire from his brig Lawrence*, itself shot to pieces with devastating casualties and later surrendered, to the brig Niagara upon which he fought the battle to its conclusion.

Had Pelosi and Reid been observing such, they would have concluded that the battle was lost to the Brits...

10 posted on 09/10/2007 8:44:42 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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11 posted on 09/12/2007 11:39:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 1rudeboy

Years ago while walking through the Capital Building (you could do that then) I found that painting (Battle of Lake Erie) in one of the huge stairwells. It was an amazing thing to discover there. I don’t know if it is still hanging there or not.


12 posted on 09/28/2007 7:43:13 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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My understanding is that it’s still hanging there, although it may have come down for restoration a while back.


13 posted on 09/28/2007 8:21:26 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; indcons

indcons?


14 posted on 09/30/2007 3:25:43 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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Most certainly...thank you for the ping.


15 posted on 09/30/2007 9:33:17 AM PDT by indcons
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To all: please ping me to threads that are relevant to the MilHist list (and/or) please add the keyword "MilHist" to the appropriate thread. Thanks in advance.

Please FREEPMAIL indcons if you want on or off the "Military History (MilHist)" ping list.

16 posted on 09/30/2007 9:35:49 AM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons
Enjoyed every descriptive word of the battle. Thanks.

GO, NAVY !

Leni

17 posted on 09/30/2007 7:07:33 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Three Cheers For the FRed, White and Blue !)
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To: ntnychik; devolve

Ping of interest!


18 posted on 09/30/2007 7:11:55 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: potlatch

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Good thread!


19 posted on 09/30/2007 8:41:15 PM PDT by devolve (---- -The_Fool_On_The_Hill_Is_No_Mountain_Climber-)
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Thanks for the ping! The Niagara was “parked” along State Street throughout my childhood. In recent years it has been made, well, lakeworthy once again. We had my high school reunion at the Erie Maritime Museum, and toured the Niagara. Our guide was a re-enactor with a degree in maritime history. He likes giving the tours, but they live to sail the vessel.
http://www.hnsa.org/ships/niagara.htm


20 posted on 09/30/2007 9:55:37 PM PDT by ntnychik
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Ahh, that is a pretty ship ntnychik! I knew the ping would interest you.


21 posted on 09/30/2007 9:57:45 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: ntnychik; potlatch

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Great ship

Only 31’ wide

Brave men in dangerous times


22 posted on 09/30/2007 10:07:22 PM PDT by devolve (---- -The_Fool_On_The_Hill_Is_No_Mountain_Climber-)
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To: 1rudeboy

Valcour Island [Revolutionary War]. Although Arnold wound up scuttling the remainder of his ships, he drove the British back up Lake Ticonderoga. First strategic victory.


23 posted on 10/01/2007 8:57:43 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

But tactical defeat, I think. Or am I incorrect?


24 posted on 10/02/2007 5:08:29 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Right.


25 posted on 10/02/2007 6:47:57 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: 1rudeboy

Right.


26 posted on 10/02/2007 6:48:02 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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