In honor of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the History and Geography Department presents: “They Did Their Duty ‘as became American Sailors’: The Revenue Cutter Service and the War of 1812.” Presented by Dr. William H. Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian United States Coast Guard.
They Did Their Duty ‘as became American Sailors’: The Revenue Cutter Service and the War of 1812
Louis Stokes Wing, 6th Floor
August, 30, 2012
Free and open to the public.
In 1812 the Revenue Marine was placed in military service under the command of the United States Navy. During the war one of the Service’s cutters, the USRC Jefferson made the first American capture of an enemy ship, the British brig Patriot, in June 1812. Members of the Service as well as Service cutters participated in several naval engagements with British frigates off the Atlantic coast.
Officially called the Revenue-Marine, the Revenue Cutter Service was established in 1790 by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to provide enforcement of maritime law. In 1915 the President Woodrow Wilson signed into law An Act to Create a Coast Guard. The act combined the Service with the United States Life-Saving Service to form the United States Coast Guard.