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Collection Reference Number GLC05225.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1818 
Title Affidavit on the Battle of Lake Erie
Date ca. 18 June 1818
Author Champlin, Stephen (1789-1870)  
Document Type Legal document; Military document
Content Description 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.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Navy  Battle  Military Law  Forgery and Fraud  Finance  
People Champlin, Stephen (1789-1870)  Perry, Oliver Hazard (1785-1819)  Elliott, Jesse D. (Jesse Duncan) (1782-1845)  
Theme War of 1812; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859