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Proposed War of 1812 Monument
Proposed War of 1812 Monument
September 23 1814

   Engraving based on plans to build a memorial to the heroes of the United States Navy of the War of 1812 that was proposed in 1814 but never built.


   "We have met the enemy and they are ours" are the famous words that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry wrote to Governor William Henry Harrison after his famous victory on Lake Erie on 10 September 1813. A year later, this slogan was intended to be part of a proposed monument to be built to honor the heroes of the U.S. Navy of the War of 1812. As evident from the engraving entered by Act of Congress in September 1814, the monument, which was never built, would have had a central column with medallions featuring portraits of the heroes, Rodgers (his name is partly visible), Jones, Decatur, and Bainbridge. The plinth would have exhibited the names of such earlier U.S. Navy luminaries as Manly, Truxton, Preble, and Little.

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