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Perry's Victory, Broadside Poem . .No. 42, North Main, Providence, RI.[1815]
 Perry's Victory, Broadside Poem . .No. 42, North Main, Providence, RI.[1815]

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Product Code: 29017378

A poem about the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and more specifically about the hero of that navy battle Commander Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), and his fellow naval officer, Captain Jesse Duncan Elliott (1782-1845). Perry is famously remembered for shouting "Don't Give Up the Ship", when the ship he was on, the U.S.S. Lawrence, was taking heavy fire. One of the lines in the poem states in regard to Perry and Elliott, "O had you but seen those noble commanders, Embracing each other when the conflict [was] over." These lines are highly ironic as there is significant evidence to support that neither of the men like each other and in fact that Perry felt that Elliott acted as coward during the battle. There were official charges filed, but nothing came of it. Below is an excerpt from the poem: "Ye tars of Columbia give ear to my story, Who fought with brave Perry where cannons did roar, Your valour has gained you an immortal glory, A fame that shall last until time is no more! Columbian tars are the true sons of Mars, They rake fore and aft when they fight on the deep On the head of Lake Eire commanded by Perry They caused many Britains to take their last sleep." Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 0. Measures 10" x 7 1/4".