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Excerpt from Battle of Lake Erie: A Discourse, Delivered Before the Rhode-Island Historical Society, on the Evening of Monday, February 16, 1852The Rhode Island Historical Society having requested me to prepare a discourse for this their anniversaryMoreExcerpt from Battle of Lake Erie: A Discourse, Delivered Before the Rhode-Island Historical Society, on the Evening of Monday, February 16, 1852The Rhode Island Historical Society having requested me to prepare a discourse for this their anniversary public meeting, I have chosen for my subject a history of the Battle of Lake Erie.I have made this choice, first because this battle is a part of Rhode-Island History, and therefore appropriate to the occasion- secondly, because I could speak of it from personal knowledge- and thirdly, because a very inaccurate and perverted account of it has been written and imposed upon the public by the late J. Fenimore Copper, Esquire. I am aware that this gentlemans mistakes and misrepresentations should have been noticed and corrected before his decease, and my apology for the delay is, that I never saw the pamphlet containing them, nor knew of its existence, until within a few days past, and after commencing this discourse.My aim will be to give an account of the origin of the fleet or squadron on the lake- of its conflict with the British squadron, of the consequences, immediate and remote, and in conclusion notice some of Mr. Coopers erroneous positions and false inferences.At the commencement of the war 1812, Government undertook the conquest of Upper Canada. General Hull was at the head of an army at Detroit, and General Van Rensselaer of another on the Niagara river. The former was captured, and the latter defeated. At this time the British held possession of Lake Erie, with five armed vessels, and had captured the Adams, the only armed vessel we owned upon the Lake.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.