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Battle of Lake Erie

This articles describes the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
Battle of Lake Erie
Oliver Hazard Perry

The Battle of Lake Erie was a major naval battle in the War of 1812. It featured nine U.S. naval vessels and six British naval vessels.

Perry Captures Five British Ships

After the British surprisingly withdrew from their naval blockade at Erie, Pennsylvania, a fleet of American ships organized by Oliver Hazard Perry prepared for battle, sailing west on Lake Erie. Perry's fleet eventually captured five British ships. He received the British surrender on the deck of his damaged flagship, the Lawrence.

The British Lose Control of the Great Lakes

As a result of the battle, the British retreated to Detroit and lost control of the Great Lakes. The loss prevented them from reinforcing or resupplying their troops in Upper Canada. It also ensured there would be no British attacks in the Great Lakes states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans

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