By David Curtis Skaggs
Experts weigh in on a pivotal engagement within the warfare of 1812
Few naval battles in American background have left a extra enduring influence on America’s nationwide awareness than the conflict of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. grasp Commandant Oliver risk Perry’s conflict flag emblazoned with the message “Don’t quit the Ship,” now enshrined on the U.S. Naval Academy, has turn into a naval maxim. His succinct after-action report—“We have met the enemy and they're ours”—constitutes one of many extra memorable conflict summaries in American heritage. This ultimate assortment celebrates the bicentennial of the yankee victory with a evaluation of the conflict and its outcomes. the amount is split into 3 sections. the 1st offers with “Military Operations” within the higher nice Lakes, 1812–14, and offers an summary of the conflict of 1812 within the outdated Northwest and western top Canada. the second one, “Consequences,” assesses the long term influence of this crusade upon the local americans and Euro-Americans who lived within the sector and 3 participants whose lives have been replaced by way of the yank restoration of the higher lakes in 1813. the ultimate part, “Memory,” examines methods the USA retains the legacy of its first squadron-to-squadron victory alive through preserving the delicate conflict flag that flew on Perry’s flagships and by way of crusing the reproduction folks Brig Niagara at the nice Lakes and the East Coast. jointly those essays enable the overall reader, the army historical past fanatic, and the pro historian to take a clean examine this crucial naval engagement and its impression on next old events.
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