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Put-In-Bay in Ottawa County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

 
 
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, September 5, 2008
1. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Inscription.  
The Battle of Lake Erie
September 10, 1813


American.........................................British
O.H. Perry............Commander............R.H. Barclay
9...............Vessels...............6
54...............Guns...............63


1. The battle begins near this spot at 11:45 A.M. The British open fire when the fleets are approximately one mile apart.

2. Perry's flagship, the Lawrence, is disabled after suffering 80% casualties and having all its guns knocked out of action. Rather than surrender Perry transfers his flag to the Niagara and continues to fight.

3. The Niagara breaks through the British battle line and when heavy damage causes the two largest British ships to collide they are forced to surrender. After capturing their entire fleet Perry reports to General William Henry Harrison: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."
 
Erected by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
2. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker
View of the historic marker located in the northwest corner of the observation deck, on top of Perry's Monument.
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War of 1812Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1949.
 
Location. 41° 39.25′ N, 82° 48.7′ W. Marker is in Put-In-Bay, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Memorial is on Bayview Avenue (Ohio Route 357) east of Toledo Avenue, on the right when traveling east. This historic marker is located just east of the downtown business district, and east of the National Park Service's Visitor Center, at the top of the Monument. To reach it you must go inside of the Monument, and ride the elevator to the top of the monument, where the historic marker is located in the northwest corner of the outside observation deck. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Put in Bay OH 43456, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Ship-To-Shore Radio Broadcast (approx. 0.2 miles away); Amareta Mosher Anchor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph De Rivera St. Jurgo, 1813-1889 (approx. ¼ mile away); Oelschlager's Dry Goods Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Within This Enclosure (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Doller House
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
3. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historic marker.
(approx. half a mile away); Gibraltar Monument (approx. half a mile away); Jay Cooke Mansion (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Put-In-Bay.
 
More about this memorial. The Memorial is on South Bass Island and is reached by ferries from Catawba Point, Port Clinton, and Sandusky from April through November. The Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the season. The Visitor Center is closed mid-November to April 1.

According to the NPS (National Park Service) website, "The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world." Also, according to the NPS website, "The Doric Column at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is the only international peace memorial in the National Park Service and stands 47 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The upper deck platform is 12 feet taller than the statue of Liberty’s torch." The view, from where the historic marker is located, is from 317 feet above Lake Erie.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
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1. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service. It includes a virtual visit to the monument.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world.
(Submitted on August 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A 352-foot (107 m) monument — the world’s tallest Doric column — was constructed in Put-in-Bay, Ohio
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
4. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Marker
View of the both the historic marker and of the view as seen from the northwest corner of the observation deck atop Perry's Monument. The Battle of Lake Erie would have taken place on the right-center distant horizon.
by a multi-state commission from 1912 to 1915 “to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament.” The memorial was designed after an international competition from which the winning design by Joseph H. Freelander and A.D. Seymour was chosen.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial column, rising over Lake Erie, is situated five miles from the US-Canadian border.
(Submitted on August 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial is on Facebook. This is a link to the Facebook social networking site for the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. (Submitted on August 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central, which is a product of the Ohio Historical Society.
In September 1813, Perry set sail for Put-In Bay to meet the British fleet, which was under the command of Robert Heriot Barclay. Like the Americans, the English had begun constructing a fleet at the war’s beginning to secure control of Lake Erie. The British were anticipating an easy victory over Perry's force.

On September 10, 1813, the Battle of Lake Erie
West Sister Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, October 7, 2004
5. West Sister Island Lighthouse
View of the West Sister Island Lighthouse. The Battle of Lake Erie takes place in the part of Lake Erie between West Sister Island and Put-In-Bay.
took place. The Americans had nine ships, while the British had six. Early in the battle, the British were taking a heavy toll on the American ships, principally because the British cannons were much more accurate at long distances. When the British destroyed the Lawrence, Perry took the ship’s flag and transferred to the Niagara. After Perry moved to the Niagara, the battle began to turn for the Americans.

Before Perry’s arrival on the Niagara, this ship had hardly engaged the British fleet. Now, the Niagara and Perry inflicted heavy cannon fire on the British ships. The commander of every British ship was killed or wounded, leaving the British ships under the command of junior officers with limited experience. Perry took advantage of this situation. The Niagararammed the British lead ship while the sailors fired rifles at the British seamen. By nightfall, the British had lowered their flag and surrendered to Perry, who was only twenty-seven years old.
(Submitted on August 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Battle of Lake Erie image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, September 5, 2008
6. Battle of Lake Erie
View of the painting on display in the Visitor Center depicting the Battle of Lake Erie.
Battle of Lake Erie Commemoration image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, September 5, 2008
7. Battle of Lake Erie Commemoration
View of the annual commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie held at the site of the battle.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
8. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
View of the interior of the Memorial at the base of the monument.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
9. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
View of the text on the stone floor marker, in the base of the Perry Memorial which reads, "Beneath this stone lie the remains of three American Officers and three British Officers killed in the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1812."
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 14, 2007
10. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
View of the historic monument overlooking the harbor of Put-In-Bay.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 25, 2011
11. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
View of the historic monument in the summer of 2011 when they were still making repairs to the observation deck at the top of the monument.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, August 17, 2012
12. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
View of Memorial from Kelleys Island image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 7, 2019
13. View of Memorial from Kelleys Island
This view is on a hazy day. The distance is about 6 miles.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 34 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week September 5, 2021. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 18, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   10, 11, 12. submitted on August 19, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   13. submitted on November 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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May. 28, 2022