The Long Blue Line: Combat Captain Hugh Campbell and Cutter Eagle in the Quasi War, Part 2

The history of Capt. Hugh Campbell and Cutter Eagle during the Quasi War with France continues in this week’s edition of The Long Blue Line. Read here to learn more about Campbell and how he become one of America’s finest combat captains in the Age of Sail.


This painting held by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy shows Eagle re-capturing prize ships Nancy and Mehitable in May 1799. Coast Guard Academy Library.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. Campbell and cutter Eagle in Quasi War, Part One

In the late 1790s, the United States and Revolutionary France began fighting an undeclared naval war known as the “Quasi War.” With only a small naval force available at the time, U.S. authorities called on the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to protect American merchantmen and defend them against French privateers.


Honoring History: Revenue Cutter Pickering

The story of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Pickering is one of the many lost chapters in Coast Guard history. This is not a story about a cutter, but about her brave commander and crew.