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"We have met the enemy..."



"We have met the enemy..."
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    commander, wounded, command, military, victory, cannonball, general, traveled, attack, beginning, surrender, lead, history, captain, honeymoon, enemy
     content words:    Great Lakes, Oliver Hazard Perry, Lake Erie, Rhode Island, United States Navy, Elizabeth Mason, New England, John Brooks, United States


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"We have met the enemy..."
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The Navy fought some of the greatest battles in the War of 1812. A lot of these battles were on the Great Lakes. Oliver Hazard Perry helped to lead the Americans to victory during the Battle of Lake Erie. His courage and his luck helped lead the Americans to victory.
 
2     Perry was born August 23, 1785, in Rhode Island. Perry's father was already serving in the United States Navy. Perry followed in his footsteps. At the age of thirteen, Perry joined the Navy.
 
3     In 1811, Perry married twenty-year-old Elizabeth Mason in Rhode Island. He had first met her at a dance four years before. They took a long honeymoon and traveled around the New England states. They would have five children. Of those, four would live to adulthood.
 
4     Perry traveled to many places before the War of 1812. He went to Europe and Africa. When the war started, Perry was put in charge of twelve gunboats. Perry was soon bored. He asked to go to the Great Lakes. He was sure that there would be more action there.

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