Artist’s rendering of a revenue cutter from the War of 1812 era. Coast Guard Collection.

The Long Blue Line: Commodore Barry and the Battle of Little River

Revenue Cutter Commodore Barry defended the American freedom against units of the Royal Navy off the coast of Maine. This was the first of many wartime encounters between revenue cutters and the enemy in which brave cuttermen were vastly outnumbered and outgunned yet fought bravely nonetheless.