September 10, 1813: Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and a U.S. Navy squadron defeat a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie, the most significant naval battle ever fought on the Great Lakes. Perry wrote a famous letter to his regional superior, Gen. (and future President) William Henry Harrison, that day:
We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.
Yours with great respect and esteem,