Preservation, Education, and Commemoration of Naval History
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On 10 September 1813, a U.S. Navy squadron under Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British squadron at the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. During the battle, Perry hauled down his “Don’t Give Up The Ship” flag from the badly damaged U.S. Brig Lawrence, boarded a small boat and was rowed over to the undamaged U.S. Brig Niagara. He then proceeded to break the British line and carry the day. Following the battle, he send the famous message “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” The victory secured the waters of Lake Erie for the United States.
Read our publication “Battle of Lake Erie: Building the Fleet in the Wilderness” online here: http://www.navyhistory.org/battle-of-lake-erie-building-the-fleet-in-the-wilderness/
On 19 August 1812, during the War of 1812, U.S. Frigate Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere. British cannonballs seemed to bounce off Constitution's hull during the battle, leading to her timeless nickname, “Old Ironsides.” This painting by Anton Otto Fischer depicts Guerriere's masts going over the side as Constitution rakes her from ahead. Courtesy Miss Katrina S. Fischer. NHHC image NH 48472-KN.
On 14 August 1813, U.S. Brig Argus was captured by H.M. Brig Pelican during a battle off the coast of Britain. Among the casualties was Commander William Henry Allen, commanding officer of Argus. He was buried by the British in an elaborate full honors funeral at Plymouth, England.
This painting, “Chase of the Constitution, July 1812,” by Anton Otto Fischer, depicts the boats of U.S. Frigate Constitution towing her in a calm, while she was being pursued by a squadron of British warships in the opening month of the War of 1812. After a 3 day chase off New Jersey, Constitution finally escaped the British squadron on 19 July 1812. NHHC image NH 85542-KN.
War of 1812 Exhibit Opening at Maryland Gallery this Weekend
Naval Historical Foundation Life Member James L. Kochan recently wrote to let us know that an exciting new exhibit is opening at his gallery this weekend. The second installment of Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights: The War of 1812 and the Shaping of America will open to public viewing at the Frederick, Maryland gallery of James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques on Sunday, June 16th and closes on September 1st. The exhibition chronicles this conflict and its legacy through an impressive collection of its material remains–rare artifacts, artwork, manuscripts and imprints.
On 1 June 1813, during the War of 1812, United States Frigate Chesapeake was captured in a bloody battle with HMS Shannon, off Boston. Captain James Lawrence, mortally wounded, uttered the now famous phrase “Don’t Give Up The Ship!” as he was carried below. This 19th century engraving depicts the scene, NHHC image NH 48251.