The Lake Erie Campaign Of 1813: I Shall Fight Them This Day

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On September 10, 1813, the hot, still air that hung over Lake Erie was broken by the sounds of sharp conflict. Led by Oliver Hazard Perry, the American fleet met the British, and thought they sustained heavy losses, Perry and his men achieved one of the most stunning victories in the War of 1812. Author Walter Rybka traces the Lake Erie Campaign from the struggle to build the fleet in Erie, Pennsylvania, during the dead of winter and the conflict between rival egos of Perry and his second in command, Jesse Duncan...

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Overview

On September 10, 1813, the hot, still air that hung over Lake Erie was broken by the sounds of sharp conflict. Led by Oliver Hazard Perry, the American fleet met the British, and thought they sustained heavy losses, Perry and his men achieved one of the most stunning victories in the War of 1812. Author Walter Rybka traces the Lake Erie Campaign from the struggle to build the fleet in Erie, Pennsylvania, during the dead of winter and the conflict between rival egos of Perry and his second in command, Jesse Duncan Elliott, through the exceptionally bloody battle that was the first U.S. victory in a fleet action. With the singular perspective of having sailed the reconstructed U.S. bring Niagara for over twenty years, Rybka brings the knowledge of a shipmaster to the story of the Lake Erie Campaign and the culminating Battle of Lake Erie.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609497149
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 780,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude to Battle 5

Preface 7

An Overview of the War of 1812 11

Building the U.S. Naval Squadron on Lake Erie 32

Preliminaries to Battle 56

The Morning of the Engagement 71

Shots Ring Out 82

Aftermath and Consequences 100

The Perry-Elliott Controversy 107

The Niagara Lives On 112

Appendix I Gun Drill Procedure 119

Appendix II USN Ranks and Pay in 1812 121

Appendix III British and American Squadron Comparison 122

Index 125

About the Author 127

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    An Excellent Story

    There are many books that tell the story of the Battle of Lake Erie. What sets this apart is the author's own extensive experience as Captain of the Niagra. His descriptions of the maneuvering needed in such a naval battle gave me a greater appreciation of this battle and its importance to the Great Lakes region. The story moves along well and the illustrations are very helpful.

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