During the Battle of Lake Erie, Oliver Hazard Perry left his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, got in a small boat and took command of the brig Niagara, and went on to defeat the British fleet.On 10th Sep 2013, the bicentennial of the battle that helped America regain control of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a commemorative stamp of that scene, which was painted by Ohio artist William Henry Powell.\”This is the second in the series of the War of 1812 commemorative stamps,\” said Tad Kelley, a spokesman for the Western Pennsylvania District of the U.S. Postal Service.Largely forgotten by Americans, Mr. Kelley said, the War of 1812 \”was the second war of independence.\”
The U.S. declared War in 1812 partly because of British trade restrictions. Britain also was taking American sailors and forcing them to crew on Royal Navy ships. Britain also supported American Indian tribes as they fought to block westward expansion of white settlers.
The first War of 1812 commemorative stamp, issued last year, showed the U.S.S. Constitution, known as \”Old Ironsides.\” The three-masted frigate won a significant battle in August of 1812, defeating five British ships. That stamp is still available