As the calendar marches toward the Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, most of the American public has very little idea of what was involved at that early time in the nation’s history. This blog is intended to explore some of the controversial subjects worthy of thought and discussion.
Subject: Navy Department orders to OHP, March 1813: The intent, and how they were received.
OHP was ordered to Lake Erie to finish constructing the ships. Commodore Chauncey had the authority and plans to command the Erie Squadron himself.
Question: Did Perry think he would be able to force the command away from Chauncey?