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Champlin, Stephen (1789-1870) [Affidavit on the Battle of Lake Erie]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05225.02 Author/Creator: Champlin, Stephen (1789-1870) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: circa June 1818 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 29.5 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Deposition describing the naval actions on 10 September 1813 at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, focusing on Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and Captain Jesse D. Elliot. Claims that Elliot "did not do his duty in the action on that day" but because Perry "desired to screen him, they forbone to make any remarks publickly upon his conduct." Also claims that Elliot fraudulently claimed rights to prize money from the battle and since continued to misrepresent his action at Lake Erie. Date inferred from a similar affidavit (see GLC05225.01). Champlin commanded the sloop Scorpian during the Battle of Lake Erie.

People: Champlin, Stephen, 1789-1870
Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819
Elliott, Jesse D. (Jesse Duncan)., 1782-1845

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: War of 1812Military HistoryNavyBattleMilitary LawForgery and FraudFinance

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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