The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series 15, Volume 2:Invasion of Canada




The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series, Volume 2 
 American History 15, volume 2  
The War on the Water by Barnes Public School 1885 :
Invasion of Canada 1813:

The next year three different armies were sent to invade Canada at three different points. Two of them did nothing and the third under General Harrison found it all they could do to defend themselves. The British still held Michigan and as they were now masters of the Lakes it was feared they may land an army in Ohio and over run that state also. A young naval officer had, in the mean time, been sent to Lake Eerie to see what could be done. 

The young man had never been in a battle but he was brave, resolute and full of energy. He went to work with his men, cut down trees and hewed them into shape and built a fleet of small ships. When this was done he put guns and men aboard and sailed onto the Lake.

Then he met the British squadron on September 10,1813 and at once offered battle. Perry’s Flagship, the Lawrence, engaged two of the British ships at once until she was riddled with shots and had but eight men left to manage her. Then Perry bearing his Flag rowed in an open boat to another of his ships called the Niagara. He was compelled to pass close under the guns of the British who fired great broadside at his boat but he reached the deck of the Niagara in safety and renewed the fight as fiercely as before. 

In fifteen minutes more the British were beaten and the whole squadron surrendered. Perry went back to the sinking “Lawrence” ship to retrieve the swords of the British officers left on her deck, Afterwards Perry sent his celebrated dispatch to General Harrison: “WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND THEY ARE OURS!” 

(to be continued)
The Battle of the Thames in 1813:

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