The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a non-profit friends group dedicated to enhancing and promoting the National Park Service mission here on South Bass Island, Ohio. We are especially excited about the next three years as we observe key events that unfolded during the war of 1812. The Perry Group (as we are known)  is working to help coordinate events in 2013 that will help illuminate The Battle of Lake Erie and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The Battle of Lake Erie observance will be a 12 day event in 2013 starting on August 30th and concluding on Sept 10th. This blog will share updates and information about the many events that will take place both here in Put-in-Bay Ohio and around the country. To become part of the celebration check out our web site and

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  1. 1 Gail Anderson September 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    According to family legend, Margaret Forster McFarland Steuart, wife of my fourth great-uncle Thomas Steurt (his sister Eleanor is my fourth great-grandmother) and her sister Dorcas Forster Bell helped to make in the Steuart home at Erie, PA the flag Captian Oliver Perry’s ship carried during the historic naval battle on Lake Erie in 1813. I was wondering if you have any information on the making of Perry’s flag as I would like to confirm this.

    • 2 hiddenarts October 8, 2012 at 3:08 am

      Perry made his flag after his friend Captain James Lawrence died in a battle on board the Chesapeake. According to most accounts:

      After Lawrence’s death was reported to his friend and fellow officer Oliver Hazard Perry, he ordered a large blue battle ensign, stitched with the phrase “DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP” [sic] in bold white letters. The Perry Flag was displayed on his flagship during a victorious engagement against the British on Lake Erie in September 1813. The original flag is displayed in the Naval Academy Museum and a replica is displayed in Memorial Hall at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

  2. 3 Tom Stevenson September 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Yes, the flag was made by Margaret Forster Steuart.

    There is more detail available in hard to find volume, “Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical, and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania” by William Henry Egle. Please note this is an annual book and the one in question is “Annual Volume, 1897”. There is an extensive article on the subject beginning on pg. 156, including drawings of her, her cabin, and her living room.

    There was also an article in “Pennsylvania” magazine issue Vol. 7, No. 4 with the same illustrations, if you can find it.

    Also you can find online an article by Paulette Dininny called “A Flag Bears Witness – Don’t Give Up the Ship” with information.

    Hope this helps!

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