The Battle of Lake Erie was crucial to the War of 1812, as it stopped the British from penetrating the center of the United States. Captain Oliver Hazard Perry led the United States to their first defeat of a British Naval squadron in history, suffering 27 casualties compared to Britain's 40. The battle saw nine American ships take on six British warships. The battle took place on September 10th, 1813. This stamp was made to commemorate Captain Oliver Perry and the United States victory over the British. The painting on the stamp shows Oliver Perry in the small boat he used to move from his destroyed flagship to a new ship, when the battle took a turn for the better.