The battle of Lake Erie took place a little more than three months after the Shannon/Chesapeake scrape. In this follow-up novel to The Key To Honor, Midshipman Nate Lawton is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Oliver Hazard Perry. Historically, the novel is set in the middle of the Perry/Elliot controversy.
To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank...the acting first lieutenant of a Brig Of War. But command has its price. Nate's captain is unwilling to pay it, and uses Nate as his scapegoat for the dirty work. Now Nate is caught between the rocks of naval discipline and the shoals of his superior officer's unbending ambition. His captain thinks nothing of bending the truth to glorify his own career and ruin Nate, if he speaks out.
Author: Ronald Wanttaja
Title: The Price of Command
Series: Nate Lawton's War of 1812
First Published by: Royal Fireworks Publishing Company
Date: 15 June 1998