1. That the FREEDOM OF THE CITY be presented to Captain O.H. Perry in approbation of his gallant and splendid victory over the forces of the enemy.
2. That a SWORD, of elegant workmanship be likewise presented to Capt. Perry.
3.That a committee ... forward the same to Captain Perry, accompanied by a letter expressive of the sentiments of this board, and of the high opinion it entertains of the valor, skill and heroism of himself, his officers and crews.
4. That the Bells of this city be rung at 12 o’clock this day, and continue for one hour, and that a federal salute be fired at 12 o’clock.
5. That the masters and owners of vessels...[at Albany] be requested to manifest their joy by the usual marks and demonstrations on like occasions.
6. That the uniform companies be requested to perform such evolutions and firings as are agreeable to military usage.
7. That ... a committee ... make the necessary arrangements for giving effect to the foregoing resolutions.
In pursuance of the above Resolutions, the Common Council, and a number of respectable citizens ... proceeded to the Capitol square, where a salute was fired by the artillery, amidst the applause of patriotic citizens, who CHEERED the occasion with those emotions, which are ever excited by illustrious and heroic deeds.
The unprecedented victory of Commodore Perry was announced at Baltimore by the firing of guns, and by a splendid illumination of the city. Similar demonstrations of joy were exhibited in Philadelphia, and New-York.
COMMENT: All this may have been rather self-serving, but it was at least in celebration of what was one of the most important American victories during the War of 1812. By giving America control of Lake Erie, Perry’s victory made possible the recovery of Detroit and the State of Michigan, and the successful invasion of the western portion of Upper Canada (Ontario). Nevertheless, these victories—though tactically important—were of little strategic importance, since British control of the main Canadian cities of Montreal and Quebec was unchanged. American attempts to capture those cities during the War of 1812 came to nothing.