A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813

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Naval Institute Press, Feb 29, 2000 - Fiction - 264 pages
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The Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 is considered by many to be the most important naval confrontation of the War of 1812. Made famous by the American fleet commander Oliver Hazard Perry's comment, "We have met the enemy and they are ours," the battle marked the U.S. Navy's first successful fleet action and was one of the rare occasions when the Royal Navy surrendered an entire squadron. This book draws on British, Canadian, and American documents to offer a totally impartial analysis of all sides of the struggle to control the lake. New diagrams of the battle are included that reflect the authors' modification of traditional positions of various vessels. The book also evaluates the strategic background and tactical conduct of the British and the Americans and the command leadership exercised by Perry and his British opponent, Commander Robert H. Barclay. Not since James Fenimore Cooper's 1843 book on the subject has the battle been examined in such detail, and not since Alfred Thayer Mahan's 1905 study of the war has there been such a significant reinterpretation of the engagement. First published in hardcover in 1997, the book is the winner of the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Book Award.

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David Curtis Skaggs, is an American historian of the Colonial and Early Republic periods. In 1965, he was appointed instructor in history at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where he rose through the academic ranks becoming full professor in 1977, and professor emeritus in 2002.

He served as visiting associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, in 1971-72; William C. Foster Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National Defense Intelligence College 1989; Visiting Professor of Military History and Strategy at Air University 1990-91; visiting professor at East Carolina University, and consultant faculty member at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, 1970-1990.

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