Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Son of the Sea
Oliver Hazard Perry
(1785-1819) was born on August 23, 1785 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The son of a U.S. Navy captain, Perry joined the Navy at the age of 13, fighting Barbary pirates on the Mediterranean Sea. He commanded his first ship, the 14-gun schooner Revenge, at the age of 24.
1811 • Revenge is shipwrecked. Perry is cleared of blame.
1812 • Perry marries Elizabeth Champlin Mason
1813 • "Don't Give Up the Ship" is sewn onto Perry's personal battle flag.
1818 • Perry fights pistol duel with Captain John Heath. No one injured.
Hero of the Day
When the Navy Department placed Perry in charge of a squadron of small ships in Rhode Island, he longed for a more active post. His wish was fulfilled when in 1813, he was assigned command of the Lake Erie Squadron. Perry's heroic victory at the Battle of Lake Erie made him one of America's most famous naval officers.
The Luck of Perry
The term “Perry’s Luck" was coined to describe Perry’s repeated good fortune. Just when all seemed lost, events would turn
Perry’s Final Voyage
Perry received a Congressional medal and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1814. Six years later, while on a diplomatic mission to Venezuela, Perry contracted yellow fever. He died on August 23, 1819 — his 34th birthday. While he was originally buried in Trinidad, his remains were eventually returned to Newport, Rhode Island. Perry's Luck had finally run out.
Did you know?
Perry was said to be deathly afraid of cows and would march hundreds of yards out of his way to avoid them.
Erected by Presque Isle Partnership, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Erie Community Foundation.
Location. 42° 9.296′ N, 80° 5.38′ 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 at the east end of the walking path to the Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument at Crystal Point Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute to a Hero (a few steps from this marker); Perry Monument: A Beacon of the Community (a few steps from this marker); From the Bay to the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); And the Misery begins... (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Industrial Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing on the Sweet Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparing For Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular, composite plaque, mounted vertically on a waist-high post.
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 . . . Oliver Hazard Perry: Later commands and controversies. For Perry, the post-war years were marred by controversies. In 1815, he commanded the Java in the Mediterranean during the Second Barbary War. While moored in Naples, Perry was provoked into slapping the commander of the ship's Marines, John Heath. The ensuing court-martial found both men guilty but levied only mild reprimands. After the crew returned home, Heath challenged Perry to a pistol duel, which was fought on October 19, 1817, on the same Weehawken, New Jersey, field where Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. Heath fired first and missed. Perry refused to fire, satisfying the Marine's honor. (Submitted on February 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.