Battle of Lake Erie Stamp Commemorates Great Victory

Two hundred years ago today, the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie helped the U.S. take back territory lost to British forces in the opening months of the War of 1812. We are commemorating that momentous event with the release of the Battle of Lake Erie Forever® stamp.

BattleLakeErie-Forever-single-v4The stamp features a painting of the battle completed in 1873 by William Henry Powell. It depicts Oliver Hazard Perry in the small boat he used to transfer from his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, to the Niagara.

“The Postal Service’s commemorative stamp program honors America’s history, heritage and heroes to bring both historical and contemporary subjects to life,” said Eastern Area Vice President Joshua Colin.

The Battle of Lake Erie Forever® stamp is available now at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices around the country.

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