Oliver Perry Statue - Buffalo, NY
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 54.058 W 078° 53.895
17T E 671587 N 4751960
Quick Description: A bronze statue of Oliver Hazard Perry, a U.S. Naval Commodore during the War of 1812, sits in a Buffalo park overlooking Lake Erie where he led the American forces during several battles.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 12/28/2008 6:59:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM5EMN
Commodore Perry was an officer in the US Navy. At his request during the War of 1812 he was given command of U.S. Naval forces on Lake Erie. He supervised the building of a small fleet at what is now Erie, PA. On September 10, 1813 Perry's fleet defended against an attacking British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. During the battle Perry's flagship the Lawrence was destroyed and Perry rowed a half-mile through heavy gunfire to transfer command to the Niagara, carrying his battle flag which read DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP, a famous battle cry of naval hero James Lawrence. His battle report after victory is famous: "We have met the enemy and they are ours; two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop".
The statue faces out towards Lake Erie as if to view an approaching fleet. It was erected by the State of New York Perry's Victory Centennial Committee in 1915 and was dedicated at the annual reunion of the 100th New York Veterans Association.
Date Erected/Dedicated: September 25, 1916
Who put it there? Private/Government?: State of New York Perry Victory Centennial Committee
Buffalo, NY United States
Hours or Restrictions if Appropiate: From: 7:00 AM To: 9:00 PM
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