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    "A Signal Victory"

    "U.S. Brig Niagara off the Western
    Sister Head of Lake Erie, Sept. 10th, 1813
    4 p.m.

            It has pleased the Almighty to give to the arms 
    of the United States a signal victory over their enemies
    on this Lake. The British squadron consisting of
    two ships, two brigs, one schooner & one sloop
    have this moment surrendered to the force under
    my command, after a sharp conflict.

    I have the honor to be
       Very Respectfully
       Your Obed. Servt.
    O.H. Perry”

    Letter from Commodore Oliver Perry to Hon. Wm. Jones, Secy. of Navy, September 10, 1813

    Early in the War of 1812, the Americans lost control of Detroit and Lake Erie to the British and their Native American allies. The U.S. Navy sent 28-year-old Oliver Hazard Perry to Lake Erie to build a squadron and retake that important waterway. 

    On September 10, 1813, the Americans defeated the British on Lake Erie. Commodore Perry declared the naval battle “a signal victory.” In a war marked by early failures, this victory secured Ohio and the territories of Michigan and Indiana. It also provided a needed boost in national morale and marked a rare surrender of a complete Royal Navy squadron.

    With a crew that Perry once described as “a motley set, blacks, soldiers and boys,” the Americans met Britain’s powerful Royal Navy on Lake Erie. A flag flew above Perry’s ship, the Lawrence, emblazoned with the words “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” This battle cry was the dying command, in an earlier battle, of Perry’s friend Capt. James Lawrence (for whom the ship was named).

    In the middle of the battle, however, Perry abandoned the Lawrence because it had become disabled and two-thirds of its crew were casualties. Refusing to surrender, Perry was rowed to the Niagara and then commanded his squadron to an unprecedented victory. After the battle was won, Perry wrote a short report about the victory in a letter to Secretary of the Navy William Jones, shown here.

    Perry’s Letter will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives through September 19, 2013.

    via Prologue: Pieces of History » “A Signal Victory”: The Battle of Lake Erie


    On September 9, 1956, Elvis performed on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Elvis sang ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Ready Teddy’ and ‘Hound Dog’ from the CBS Studio in Los Angeles. More than 80 percent of the national viewers watched Elvis’s debut on the Sunday night show.

    (via vintage-visuals)


    Recognize Spiro Agnew?

    You know that 34.5% of the Internet is googling “Spiro Agnew”, right now, don’t you?

    .5% of the Internet does recognize Spiro Agnew.

    65% of the Internet couldn’t give a shit less about Spiro Agnew.

    I’m old-enough to be doing all three.

    (via comicbookcovers)

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