Reenacting the War of 1812

The bicentennial of the War of 1812, which lasted from 1812 to 1815, continues to attract attention in parts of the United States and Canada.

Naval reenactors recently simulated the battle of Lake Erie, which was fought in September 1813 between the American squadron under Captain Oliver Hazard Perry and a British squadron. The Great Lakes had became a theater of naval and amphibious warfare during the War of 1812 and the battle of Lake Erie represented an important American victory during the conflict.

USS Niagara

A replica of the USS Niagara, a brig, was the centerpiece of the reenactment. Captain Perry transferred his battle flag, “Don’t Give Up The Ship,” to the Niagara at the height of the fighting at the battle of Lake Erie. Perry reported the victory, writing: “we have met the enemy and they are ours.”

NPR reports on the reenactment of the battle of Lake Erie. The organizers of the bicentennial of Lake Erie reenactment maintain a website.

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