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

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

David Curtis Skaggs


The conflict of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is taken into account by way of many to be crucial naval war of words of the struggle of 1812. Made recognized through the yank fleet commander Oliver chance Perry's remark, "We have met the enemy and they're ours", the conflict marked the U.S. Navy's first winning fleet motion and one of many Royal Navy's infrequent surrenders of a complete squadron. This publication builds as much as an in depth exam of the conflict via first comparing the strategic historical past and tactical behavior of either the British and american citizens of their efforts to regulate the severe Lake Erie frontier throughout the first yr of the struggle. no longer on the grounds that James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 booklet at the topic has the conflict been tested in such aspect, and never in view that Alfred Thayer Mahan's 1905 examine of the struggle has there been one of these major reinterpretation of the engagement.

Incorporating British, Canadian, and American archival and released files, David Skaggs and Gerard Altoff supply a wealth of latest insights whereas even as delivering a unconditionally neutral research of each side of the fight to manage the lake. New diagrams of the conflict are incorporated that replicate the authors' amendment of conventional positions of assorted vessels. an intensive dialogue can also be awarded of the optimistic and risks of the command management exercised via Perry and his British opponent, Robert H. Barclay. The authors additionally take an in depth examine the post-battle controversy among Perry and his second-in-command, Jesse Duncan Elliott.

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