2013-09-12 / Local & State

New War Of 1812 Stamp Commemorates Perry Victory

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service is commemorating a key victory in the War of 1812 with a new stamp.

Tuesday’s stamp honors the battle in which Oliver Hazard Perry commanded the brig Niagara and defeated the British fleet on Lake Erie. The Battle of Lake Erie was a key to the United States’ victory in the oft-forgotten war.

The United States declared war due to British trade restrictions and because Britain was forcing American sailors to crew British shops and supporting American Indian tribes who fought to block westward expansion.

The stamp features a painting of Perry’s victory by Ohio artist William Henry Powell.

The first of four stamps commemorating the war was issued last year. It shows the U. S. S. Constitution, which defeated five British ships in August 1812. Two more stamps are planned.

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