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Oliver Hazard Perry

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Battle of Lake Erie
Battle of Thames River


Definition: Naval hero who won two great battles during the War of 1812: the Battle of Lake Erie and the Battle of the Thames River. In the Battle of Lake Erie, he commanded inexperienced Americans manning small ships against experienced British sailors manning huge warships. The result was an American victory and Perry's two most famous sayings: "Don't give up the ship" and "We have met the enemy, and they are ours." In the Battle of the Thames River, Perry and his ships made sure the British didn't escape from the army commanded by William Henry Harrison.

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