Oliver Hazard Perry
The man who was to lead the Lake Erie fleet to victory during the War of 1812 was born on August 23, 1785 at South Kingstown, near the village of Wakefield, Rhode Island. The eldest of five sons and three daughters born to Christopher Raymond and Sarah Alexander Perry, the first son was named after his paternal grandmother's father, Oliver Hazard, and also for his uncle, Oliver Hazard Perry, who had recently been lost at sea. more...
Robert Heriott Barclay
Tecumseh began life in the Shawnee village of Piqua, Ohio on March 9, 1768 as a great meteor flashed and burned its way across the heavens. This event accounts for his name, The Shooting Star or, to be more precise, Celestial Panther Lying in Wait. Growing to manhood immersed in the Shawnee hunting culture, Tecumseh became famous as a warrior. He was also a dynamic orator, one who could motivate and inspire his audiences. Early on, Tecumseh understood that the white man would never rest until all Native Americans were dispossessed, either driven into exile or eradicated entirely. more...
Did You Know?
The United States went to war against Great Britain in an unprepared state. When war was declared on June 18, 1812 the Royal Navy possessed three warships for every U.S. naval gun. The British Navy outnumbered the U.S. Navy 17 to 1.