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 means of many to be crucial naval disagreement of the conflict of 1812. Made recognized by way of the yankee fleet commander Oliver threat 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 e-book builds as much as a close 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 manage the severe Lake Erie frontier throughout the first 12 months of the battle. no longer on account that James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 ebook at the topic has the conflict been tested in such aspect, and never considering that Alfred Thayer Mahan's 1905 learn of the warfare has there been this type of major reinterpretation of the engagement.

Incorporating British, Canadian, and American archival and released files, David Skaggs and Gerard Altoff offer a wealth of latest insights whereas while supplying a unconditionally neutral research of both sides of the fight to manage the lake. New diagrams of the conflict are incorporated that mirror the authors' amendment of conventional positions of varied vessels. a radical dialogue is usually offered of the confident and disadvantages of the command management exercised through Perry and his British opponent, Robert H. Barclay. The authors additionally take a detailed examine the post-battle controversy among Perry and his second-in-command, Jesse Duncan Elliott.

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