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

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The Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is considered by many to be the most important 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 one of the Royal Navy's rare surrenders of an entire squadron. This book builds up to a detailed examination of the battle by first evaluating the strategic background and tactical conduct of both the...
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Overview

The Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is considered by many to be the most important 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 one of the Royal Navy's rare surrenders of an entire squadron. This book builds up to a detailed examination of the battle by first evaluating the strategic background and tactical conduct of both the British and the Americans in their efforts to control the critical Lake Erie frontier during the first year of the war. Incorporating British, Canadian, and American archival and published documents, David Skaggs and Gerard Altoff provide a wealth of new insights while offering 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. A thorough discussion is also presented of the positive and negative aspects of the command leadership exercised by Perry and his British opponent, Commander Robert H. Barclay. The authors also take a close look at the postbattle controversy between Perry and his second-in-command, Jesse Duncan Elliott.
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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: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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