Posts Tagged ‘Battle of Lake Erie’


Whose birthday am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

August 18, 2015

perry tattoo

Oliver Hazard Perry, the Hero of Lake Erie, was born August 23, 1785 in Rhode Island.  His family, on both sides,  included a long line of accomplished naval men.

During the War of 1812 against Britain, Perry supervised the building of a fleet at Erie, Pennsylvania, at the age of 27. He lead American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, receiving a Congressional Gold Medal and the Thanks of Congress. His leadership materially aided the successful outcomes of all nine Lake Erie military campaign victories, and the fleet victory was a turning point in the battle for the west in the War of 1812. He is remembered for the words on his battle flag, “Don’t Give Up the Ship” and his message to General William Henry Harrison which reads in part, “We have met the enemy and they are ours; …” (Wikipedia)



Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument at

Put-in-Bay, Ohio on South Bass Island.

Perry’s career began when he was 12 when he sailed to the West Indies with his father, who was a ship’s captain.  He was appointed a midshipman in the US Navy when he was 13 years old.  He first experienced combat at age 15 off the coast of Haiti.

Perry’s life was cut short at age 34 when he died on his birthday after contracting yellow fever while on a trip to South America.  In spite of that, Perry was a popular figure with many ships named in his honor, many memorials and monuments – particularly in Rhode Island and around Lake Erie – named for him, and many places across the country bearing his name.

Perry-Victory-paintingPerry Victory

Battle of Lake Erie



Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

August 23, 2012

We have met the enemy, and they are ours.

Oliver Hazard Perry – who, symmetrically, was born and died on August 23 – 1785 and 1819, respectively.

Born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with a history of accomplished Naval officers on both sides of the family, Oliver served in the War of 1812, initially supervising the construction of naval vessels and the training of their crews for battling the British on Lake Erie.  In 1813 he engaged the British fleet off Put-in-Bay.

The British anticipated an easy victory and the early fighting went in their favor.  After losing his flag ship, Perry sailed for the ship Niagara and was able to ram the lead British ship while firing rifles on the crew.The Battle of Lake Erie became a decisive victory for the Americans.  As a result, Perry became a popular hero and is memorialized throughout the area.

Perry Monument, Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio


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