War of 1812
1819 Rare Samuel Hambleton Autograph Letter Signed Confirming William Keen’s Battle of Lake Erie Presence
December 16, 1819-Dated, War of 1812 Related Autograph Letter Signed, “S. Hambleton - Late Purser of the Lake Erie Fleet” as Naval Officer, Confirming William Keen’s Presence at the Battle of Lake Erie, Choice Very Fine.
HAMBLETON, SAMUEL (1777-1851) U.S. Navy Officer; served as Oliver Hazard Perry’s chief officer and confidant. During the Battle of Lake Erie, Hambleton stayed aboard the USS Lawrence until she was completely inoperable and continued fighting after being hit with cannonball. Original Autograph Letter Written and Signed by U.S. Naval Officer Samuel Hambleton, 7.75” x 9.75”, 1 page, with Integral Transmittal Cover, Georgetown. This Letter is to certify that William Keen was onboard the “Lawrence” during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. This historic Letter reads, in full:
“I certify that Mr. William Keen, of Pennsylvania, volunteered his services on Board of Commodore Perry’s Fleet on Lake Erie; and was actually on board of the Lawrence Brig in capacity of Master of Arms, at the capture of Commodore Barclayís Fleet on that Lake on 10th September, 1813. / S. Hambleton/Late purses of the Lake Erie Fleet / Georgetown, Dec. 16 1819.”
This historic War of 1812 related lot includes an unissued United States Struck Modern Restrike Medal for Oliver Hazard Perry from Battle of Lake Erie (War of 1812). The original medals were presented by the Government to members who fought in the battle and hailed from Pennsylvania. Medal has central image of Oliver Hazard Perry, measures 2.25” in diameter, in bronze, below Perry’s image reads: “Presented by the Government of Pennsylvania.” Reverse reads, “We Have Met the Enemy; and They are Ours. / In Testimony of the Patriotism and Bravery in the Naval Action on Lake Erie September 10, 1812”. Upper portion has space to engrave the name of the awardee and included with the historic Letter not having added any significant value.
On September 10, 1813 the Battle of Lake Erie was a critical battle and American victory during the War of 1812. With the victory, the United States secured the lake for the remainder of the war and allowed for the United States to regain control of Detroit. Furthermore, control of Lake Erie was essential to victory in the Battle of the Thames and the destruction of the Indian confederation of Tecumseh.
With Tecumsehís death, the United States avoided the serious threat of an independent Indian state in the Midwest.
This medal was awarded to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie and hailed from the state of Pennsylvania.
William Keen served aboard the USS Lawrence, the flagship of the fleet during the Battle of Lake Erie, under Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry.
HAMBLETON, SAMUEL (1777-1851) U.S. Navy Officer; served as Oliver Hazard Perry’s chief officer and confidant. During the Battle of Lake Erie, Hambleton stayed aboard the USS Lawrence until she was completely inoperable and continued fighting after being hit with cannonball.