Oliver Hazard Perry: 4 of 4: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Library of Naval Biography) Hardcover – October 3, 2006. by David Curtis Skaggs (Author)

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Title: History of the late war between the United States and Great Britain:
Year: 1836 (1830s)
AuthorsBrackenridge, H. M. (Henry Marie), 1786-1871
SubjectsUnited States -- History War of 1812
PublisherPhiladelphia, J. Kay, jun. & brother Pittsburgh, J.I. Kay & co.
Contributing LibraryNew York Public Library
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continue the contest. Captain Elliot nowleft the Niagara, with the view of bringing up the rest of thefleet; while Perry again bore down among the enemy in a shipwhich had as yet taken no share in the action. As he passedahead of the Detroit, Queen Charlotte and Lady Prevost, hepoured into each a broadside from his starboard side; and fromhis larboard fired into the Chippewa and Little Belt. To one ofthe vessels—the Lady Prevost, which he approached withinhalf pistol shot, the fire was so destructive, that her menwere compelled to run below. At this moment the wind fresh-ening, the Caledonia came up, and opened her fire ; and severalothers of the squadron were enabled soon after to do the same.For a time, this novel and important combat raged with inde-scribable violence and fury. The result of a campaign, thecommand of a sea, the glory and renown of two rival nationsmatched for the first time in squadron, were at issue. Thecontest was not long doubtful. The Queen Charlotte, having
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Oliver Hazard Perry: 4 of 4: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Library of Naval Biography) Hardcover – October 3, 2006.  by David Curtis Skaggs  (Author)


Hailed for his decisive victory over a Royal Navy squadron on Lake Erie in September 1813 and best known for his after-action report proclamation We have met the enemy and they are ours, Oliver Hazard Perry was one the early U.S. Navy's most famous heroes. In this modern, scholarly reassessment of the man and his career, Professor David Skaggs emphasizes Perry's place in naval history as an embodiment of the code of honor, an exemplar of combat courage, and a symbol of patriotism to his fellow officers and the American public. It is the first biography of Perry to be published in more than a quarter of a century and the first to offer an even-handed analysis of his career. After completing a thorough examination of primary sources, Skaggs traces Perry's development from a midshipman to commodore where he personified the best in seamanship, calmness in times of stress, and diplomatic skills. But this work is not a hagiographic treatment, for it offers a candid analysis of Perry's character flaws, particularly his short temper and his sometimes ineffective command and control procedures during the battle of Lake Erie. Skaggs also explains how Perry's short but dramatic naval career epitomized the emerging naval professionalism of the young republic, and he demonstrates how the Hero of Lake Erie fits into the most recent scholarship concerning the role of post-revolutionary generation in the development of American national identity. Finally, Skaggs explores in greater detail than anyone before the controversy over the conduct of his Lake Erie second, Jesse Duncan Elliott, that raged on for over a quarter century after Perry's death in 1819.