Perry Flag

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By Crusader1307

Designed during The War of 1812 , after an engagement between the USS “Chesapeake” and the HMS “Shannon”, the American Squadron was commanded by Commodore Oliver Perry. Friend (and Commander of one of his ships) – James Lawrence of the USS “Chesapeake” was mortally wounded in the battle. His dying words to his crew were “Don't Give Up The Ship!” Commodore Perry ordered a blue field flag be prepared with the stitched phrase (in white) affixed. Seen in use at The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, it is considered a popular Naval war cry (still used). The original flag is on display at The US Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland.