A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813

A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813

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by David Curtis Skaggs, Gerard T. Altoff
     
 

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The Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is considered by many to be the mostimportant naval confrontation of the War of 1812. Made famous by the American fleet commander Oliver Hazard Perry's comment, "We have met the enemy and they are ours," the battle marked the U.S. Navy's first successful fleet action and was one of the rare occasions when the Royal Navy

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The Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is considered by many to be the mostimportant naval confrontation of the War of 1812. Made famous by the American fleet commander Oliver Hazard Perry's comment, "We have met the enemy and they are ours," the battle marked the U.S. Navy's first successful fleet action and was one of the rare occasions when the Royal Navy surrendered an entire squadron. This book draws on British, Canadian, and American documents to offer a totally impartial analysis of all sides of the struggle to control the lake. New diagrams of the battle are included that reflect the authors' modification of traditional positions of various vessels. The book also evaluates the strategic background and tactical conduct of the British and the Americans and the command leadership exercised by Perry and his British opponent, Commander Robert H. Barclay. Not since James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 book on the subject has the battle been examined in such detail, and not since Alfred Thayer Mahan's 1905 study of the war has there been such a significant reinterpretation of the engagement. First published in hardcover in 1997, the book is the winner of the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Book Award.

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A detailed examination of the Battle of Lake Erie, considered by many to be the most important naval confrontation of the War of 1812. Evaluates the strategic background and tactical conduct of both the British and the Americans in their efforts to control the Lake Erie frontier during the first year of the war, and describes the battle, drawing on British, Canadian, and American archival and published documents. Includes diagrams of battles that reflect the author's modification of traditional positions of various vessels. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781557500304
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.88(d)

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David Curtis Skaggs, professor emeritus of history at Bowling Green State University, is the author of thirteen books including A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 and Thomas Macdonough: Master of Command in the Early U.S. Navy.

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A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gregor1066 More than 1 year ago
Well researched and easy to follow story. I lived in the area for years and dove off the islands, including South Bass but did not know the entire story of the Battle of Lake Erie. This books provides the background of the time, the situation as it existed not only in Detroit, but Lake Ontario and the hardships that both sides experienced. The author does an excellent job of tying the actions on the land in both Canada and the American Northwest Territory. This is a must book for those interested in the War of 1812, as well as those interested in our relationships with our Canadian friends to the north.