Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Climate For War
America declared war against Great Britain on June 18, 1812. The conflict lasted for over two years. Many historians believe that the war was the inevitable outcome of Britain's continued interference in U.S. affairs, including the abduction of American sailors on the high seas and territorial disputes on the western frontier and Canada.
Did you know?
The White House was burned down during the War of 1812.
The Significance of Presque Isle
Consider the role that Presque Isle played in securing a victory for the U.S. at the Battle of Lake Erie. The Presque Isle peninsula created a sheltered bay only accessible by navigating a narrow channel from Lake Erie and crossing a shallow sandbar. Erie resident Daniel Dobbins convinced President James Madison and the cabinet of the need for warships on Lake Erie and of the ideal conditions at Presque Isle Bay to build those ships. Shipbuilding began in Erie in September 1812.
Erected by Presque Isle Partnership, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Location. 42° 9.281′ N, 80° 5.449′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fisher Drive and Thompson Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located along the walking path to the Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument at Crystal Point in Presque Isle State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preparing For Battle (here, next to this marker); The Perry Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to a Hero (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fishing on the Sweet Sea (about 300 feet away); Son of the Sea (about 300 feet away); Perry Monument: A Beacon of the Community (about 400 feet away); Erie's Industrial Explosion (about 400 feet away); And the Misery begins... (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular, composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument, Presque Isle State Park
Also see . . .
1. Erie History Mystery: Who is Daniel Dobbins?. Dobbins first came to Erie in 1795 with a surveying party. Shortly after his arrival, he began working on a merchant (Submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. British troops set fire to the White House. On August 24, 1814, British troops enter Washington, D.C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812. When the British arrived at the White House, they found that President James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already fled to safety in Maryland. Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover food from the White House scullery using White House dishes and silver before ransacking the presidential mansion and setting it ablaze. (Submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3. submitted on February 16, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.