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Order the new "Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial-Remembering Forward" table top book filled with award winning BOLE photos for $35 plus $5 S&H. HERE




See the Battle of Lake Erie 2013 on DVD!


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The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial, is a 28 minute retrospective of BOLE 2013 Bicentennial events from August 29-September 10th. Many special moments including the longboat launch, US Postal Service Stamp reveal, OSU marching band and the re-enactment of the battle are featured. Rousing music, stunning on the water footage, aerial views and historical perspective from author and historian Gerald T Altoff are featured.


All net proceeds from the sale of this DVD will be donated to the Friends of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial





The 2013 Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial DVD is available for sale at the Resale Shop of LEIHS here on PIB, it is also available for sale at Bassetts Market, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Sandusky Maritime Museum, Catawba Island Club, RB Hayes Presidential Library, and online at The suggested retail price is $22 plus tax.


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In June 1812, United States President James Madison declared war against Britain, and the U.S. Congress supported the declaration after a bitter debate. Unlike the Revolutionary War, where patriots defended the colonies and Atlantic seaboard, this new conflict would be fought on the frontier. The Americans objective was to wrestle away British control and influence over the Great Lakes region and Canadian territory.

As dawn broke over Lake Erie on the morning of September 10th, 1813, the entire British squadron emerged over the horizon to the northwest of North Bass Island. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (age 27) boarded his flagship, the Lawrence, named in honor of his fallen friend Captain James Lawrence, and moved out from Put-in Bay with all his squadron, including the "Lawrence," "Niagara," "Caledonia", "Scorpion," "Porcupine," "Tigress," "Ariel," "Seiners," and "Trippe," to meet the British force, consisting of the "Chippewa," "Detroit," "Hunter, "Queen Charlotte," "Lady Prevost," and "Little Belt."

As the fleets approached each other at about eleven o'clock, the bugle sounded from the flag-ship, the men of the whole British line gave three cheers, and the long guns of the "Detroit" opened on the "Lawrence" at the distance of a mile and a half. By noon the battle began in earnest, in the form of a duel, the heaviest vessel in each fleet confronting the other. Being able to employ at once a heavier battery in a smaller space, Barclay had at first a manifest advantage With more enthusiasm than science, the gunners of the "Lawrence," depending too much on their carronades, fired too fast, and, overshooting their stumpy guns, were unable seriously to harm the "Detroit," though pitting" and denting her sides The "Lawrence." on the contrary, was reduced by the steady British fire to a hulk. After two hours only one gun was left mounted, the cockpit was crowded with wounded, and only eighteen unharmed men. including commander and surgeon, were left on board.

Meanwhile the most effective gunnery on the American side had been done by the heavy cannon of the "Caledonia," "Scorpion," and "Ariel," which had nobly assisted Perry, while the "Nigara", for some reason, had remained in the rear, and the more distant vessels were able to do little to prevent what seemed an imminent British victory. At this moment, with the audacity of genius, Perry called four sailors to man the boat, and with his brother Alexander, the famous battle flag (with the mortally-wounded Captain James Lawrence's inspiring words - "Don't Give up the Ship") wrapped round his arm, he left his ship. At first shielded by the battle smoke, and then safely escaping the volley of the enemy, he reached, after a fifteen minutes' pull, the "Niagara." Sending Captain Elliot to bring up the laggard vessels, he ordered sail to bring his best ship close to the "Detroit." The breeze now freshened, quickly speeding the "Niagara" and the American schooners into action. The "Queen Charlotte," in endeavoring to get a position for a broadside, to be followed by boarding the coining "Niagara," was disabled in her sail-gear by the langrage shot of Perry's carronades, and, falling foul of the "Detroit," the two ships became entangled. Taking advantage of this, the American schooners took raking positions.

The full battery of the "Niagara," joining in the steady and rapid fire, swept the British decks, and filled the air with canister, grape, ball, and scrap-iron, while the Kentucky riflemen in the tops, acting as marines, picked off every enemy visible. At three o'clock the British flag was hauled down, and for the first time in her history Great Britain lost an entire squadron, which surrendered to a young man of twenty-seven. On the deck of the "Lawrence" Perry dispatched to the secretary of the navy a brief account of the victory, and shortly afterward to General William H. Harrison, the famous line "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."

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The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national, and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.


Since 1989, The Perry Group has supported Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in its educational, historic and peacekeeping goals through the promotion and sponsorship of the Memorials’ programs and special events.


Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio was constructed in 1913 to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.


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