Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew C. Perry: The Lives and Careers of the Brothers Who Became Legendary U.S. Navy Officers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"We have met the enemy and they are ours.” (Oliver Hazard Perry)
"The Japanese are remarkable for their inordinate curiosity.” (Commodore Matthew Perry)
Americans had few things to celebrate during the War of 1812, and fighting on the frontier against the British and their native allies didn’t go any better than the conflict did in other theaters, but one of the only major victories the Americans won came at the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813. That action made Oliver Hazard Perry, a veteran of the Barbary Wars and commander of the USS Lawrence, a legend whose name has endured for over 200 years. Perry was so instrumental in the victory that British historian C.S. Forester noted “it was as fortunate for the Americans that the Lawrence still possessed a boat that would float, as it was that Perry was not hit." As one of the biggest naval battles of the war, the results meant that America maintained control of Lake Erie, an important location from which they could recover Detroit and be better positioned to confront the British and Shawnee leader Tecumseh’s confederacy. For his part, Perry would forever be remembered as the “Hero of Lake Erie,” even as he and compatriot Captain Jesse Elliot would feud over their respective actions during the battle for the rest of Perry’s life.
On July 8, 1853, U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew Perry led four American warships into Uraga Harbor near Edo (later renamed Tokyo), presenting the Japanese with a letter from President Millard Fillmore. The Japanese couldn’t know they were at the end of their long withdrawal from the rest of the world, but they were quite aware that the conditions in China and in Asia generally were being forced to change.
Perry remains a fairly familiar name in America as a result of his time in Asia, but that legacy actually belies just how influential he was for the U.S. Navy back at home. He is still known as the “Father of the Steam Navy” in America.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||Charles River Editors|
|Narrator||Gregory T. Luzitano|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 01 2020|
|Publisher||Charles River Editors|
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The last chapter was of interest because it told the story of Japan from the days that Matthew maneuvered them into opening their doors to foreigners to the end of World War II. A point was made that the same flag that flew over Matthew's ship when he developed a treaty with the Japanese, was used when Japan signed a treaty to end World War II. How ironic.
I listened to this particular selection from Charles Rivers and Gregory T. Luzitano did a stellar job reading complicated Japanese terms, city names, and personal names.
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY --
Perry was in the Quasi-War with France and the Tripolitan War against Barbary pirates. However, he played a small part in these actions. After getting his first command, the 14-gun schooner Revenge, he met with difficulties when the schooner struck a reef near WatchPoint Hill and went down. After an obligatory court-martial case exonerated Perry, the court blamed the pilot.
During an extended leave of absence, Perry married (eventually having 5 children). When the War of1812 began, Perry requested action and received a commission to lead the building of a flotilla under construction on Lake Erie. He was successful in both building the ships and winning the Battle of Lake Erie. These were both arduous tasks.
Then, Perry worked to quell the continuing problems with the Barbary pirates in 1815. During a shocking incident in which Perry slapped another officer, John Heath and Oliver Hazard Perry were both court-martialed and found guilty. Mild reprimands were issued to each man. Heath challenged Perry to a duel. Heath missed and Perry refused to pull the trigger. This book mentions that duels between officers caused a shocking loss of life before dueling was forbidden in the services.
President James Monroe sent Perry on a diplomatic mission to South America. While there, crewmen caught yellow fever; five died. While underway to Port of Spain, Perry woke up with the illness and died on his 34th birthday, only a few miles from help.
MATTHEW C PERRY --
Matthew Calbraith Perry was 9-years younger than his brother, Oliver Hazard Perry. Matthew began his career as a midshipman at 14-years-of-age on board his brother's ship the Revenge. Their job was to patrol the American coast, watching for British ships that were hoping to impress American seamen.
Matthew has a four-decade, illustrious career in the Navy. Early on, he understood how horrible scurvy was to sailors and, although no one understood why the sailors got scurvy, Matthew constantly bought stores of fresh fruits, vegetables, fermented foods (sauerkraut and others) wherever he could to augment his sailors' diet. Before long, scurvy disappeared from his ship and the Navy took notice. He was a forward-thinking officer who served his country and sailors well.
Matthew is also known as the "Father of the Steam Navy;" he pushed the Navy to implement the latest technologies. He created the first gunnery school. He took part in the Little Belt Affair War, Second Barbary War, Suppression of the Slave Trade, and the Mexican-American War. In 1854, through Matthew's pressuring, Japan opened its doors to America (and the rest of the world). He was able to end their 2-century isolationist policy (where several others had failed).
Commodore Perry married Jane Slidell and they had 7 daughters and three sons. He died at the age of 63.
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