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September 25, 2013

Historical society plans War of 1812 program

NEW CASTLE — This year marks two significant war victories in Pennsylvania.

It is not only the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg but 200 years since Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory on Lake Erie.

Former educator and historian Chuck King said that Sept. 10, 1813, battle may have been of even greater importance to the nation and to its survival.

He will talk about the War of 1812 and naval heroes Perry and James Lawrence, starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Lawrence County Historical Society.

By 1813, the United States had lost three campaigns on the Canadian frontier and the British controlled both the high seas and the Great Lakes. Perry’s victory at Lake Erie was a turning point in the conflict and the first and only time an entire British fleet was surrendered to an enemy. This was only one of nine actions on and around Lake Erie in which Perry was instrumental.

Lawrence, of the USS Chesapeake, gave his life in 1813. Lawrence County was named for this naval hero, King said, yet no pictures of him are displayed in the county.

In addition to presenting the program, King will display relics of the war. He also will present a portrait of Lawrence, which he commissioned his daughter, Jennifer King, to paint.

All historical society programs are free and open to the public. More information is available by calling the society at (724) 658-4022.

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