War is Over-Congress Ratifies the Treaty Of Ghent

I wanted to share this press release that came in last week from Dave Zavagno. After nearly three years of war, word comes from Europe at the end of December 1814 that a treaty to end the war has been signed, but needs to be ratified. American’s rejoice in the north but the word does not come fast enough to stop the final battle to in New Orleans from playing out, with Andrew Jackson emerging as the only American leader to have fought in the Revolution and the war of 1812. On February 16th, 1815 Congress Ratifies Treaty of Ghent

Today is the 200-Year Anniversary

Put-in-Bay Township, OH—February 16, 2015— The Perry Group, a volunteer, nonprofit organization will be celebrating with representatives from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan the historic date of February 16, 1815, when Congress ratified the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812. A dedication ceremony will take place on Memorial Day at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, honoring the 557 sailors who served during the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point during the war.

The Treaty of Ghent ended hostilities between Great Britain and the United States and restored boundaries to what they were before the outbreak of war. Territory, now compromising three states was carved out by the British as “Indian States.” Indian tribes fought on the side of the British during the war of 1812. Indiana and Michigan may never have become states, and the continued westward expansion of America would have been seriously jeopardized without the ratification of the Treaty.

Donald R. Hickey, professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska and author of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict states: “If the American Revolution established the nation, the War of 1812 confirmed the nationhood. Convinced that they had won the war, the American people emerged from the contest with a buoyant self-confidence, with a clear idea of their identity and a newfound sense of propose.”

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio was built to recognize the decisive victory of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry over the powerful British Navy during the Battle of Lake Erie. According to Mr. Hickey: “…not only did it secure naval superiority in Lake Erie, but it also paved the way for the American victory on land.”

Perry’s battle flag with the iconic words “Don’t Give Up the Ship” is now on display at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. “DGUTHS” is known throughout the U.S. Navy and is a central command for all midshipmen.
Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the 557 Navy sailors who served during the Battle of Lake Erie and a celebration of the end of the War of 1812 will take place at Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

According to David Zavango, chairman of the Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration, “February 16 is one of the most important days in Ohio’s long and storied history. Memorial Day will bring together thousands to honor those who served gallantly in the Battle of Lake Erie.

“At the conclusion of the ceremonies, a permanent plaque will be unveiled to honor those who served and the 557 modern-day sailors, who stand in their place today honoring their memories.”
About the Treaty of Ghent.

The initial terms of the treaty were written in 10 days, but it wasn’t until December 24, 1814 that both sides agreed to the terms and even longer, due to poor telecommunications, to officially announce to all parties involved that the war was over. The war of 1812 officially ended on February 16, 1815, after nearly six months of peace negotiations in the city of Ghent, which is now Belgium.

About Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (IPM) is located within the Village of Put-in-Bay, OH. Put-in-Bay is on South Bass Island. IPM was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world.

About The Perry Group

The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national, and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.

Since 1989, The Perry Group has supported Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in its educational, historic and peacekeeping goals through the promotion and sponsorship of the Memorial’s programs and special events.

1 Response to “War is Over-Congress Ratifies the Treaty Of Ghent”

  1. 1 OH Perry Cabot February 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    It is a great testament to the Lake Erie communities and organizations that they have been able to preserve so much accurate history along with the pressures for tourism of any variety. Perry Cabot

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