Oliver Hazard Perry: 3 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: With Perry on Lake Erie : a tale of 1812
Year: 1899 (1890s)
AuthorsOtis, James, 1848-1912
SubjectsUnited States -- History War of 1812 Fiction
PublisherBoston : W.A. Wiilde Co.

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wallowed up by thegloom Alec and I plied the oars. Where shall we land? my comrade asked, whenwe were midway between the brig and the shore. It makes little difference, Master Boyd repliedsulkily, as if angry with himself because of havingtaken part in such business. So that we gain themainland, one place is as good as another. No other word was spoken until the skiffs bowgrated upon the sand, and our prisoner arose to hisfeet. Then he said in a low tone, his voice tremblingwith suppressed emotion : — I shall never forget what has been done thisnight. The word of one like me is not counted formuch by those who hold true to their country, yet Iask you to believe it. I have come to realize fullythe enormity of my crime, although until taken pris-oner I believed myself justified in the course pursued.From this moment it shall be my earnest endeavor torepair the wrongs committed against my countrymen. Having said this he stepped ashore, and an instantlater was lost to view in the gloom.

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Oliver Hazard Perry: 3 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.