War on the Great Lakes: Essays Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

War on the Great Lakes: Essays Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

War on the Great Lakes: Essays Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

War on the Great Lakes: Essays Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie

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The 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie spawned a number of scholarly and popular events designed to commemorate the battle and celebrate the century and three-quarters of peace that followed. One such occasion was held at Windsor, Ontario, and Put-in-Bay, Ohio, on September 9-11, 1988. The product of the successful interaction of history professionals from both the United States and Canada, the "War on the Great Lakes Symposium" involved scholars, reenactors, museum personnel, park rangers, teachers, and interested citizens.

One of the most distinguishing features of the celebration was the cruise of the City of Sandusky, with 250 participants on board, from Amherstburg, Ontario (the port of the British squadron during the Battle of Lake Erie) to Put-in-Bay, Ohio (the anchorage of the American flotilla). On the site of the engagement that won renown for Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S.N., and which preserved the reputation for valor for Captain Robert Heriot Barclay, R.N., representatives from the Canadian and United States governments tossed wreaths into the water in memory of the brave men who gave their lives 175 years earlier.

Another distinguishing characteristic was the two days of scholarly discussion dedicated to commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie. Whether in the traditional setting of the University of Windsor, on board a lake ferry, or on the steps of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, participants listened to a number of papers dealing with a wide spectrum of topics relating to the War of 1812 and its impact on subsequent relations between the United States and Canada. Ten of those papers are presented herein.

Central to the theme created in this volume is the international perspective of the conference. The planning committee, a consortium of . . .

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