Yard Workers at Bladensburg
Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Joshua Barney and his flotillamen were not the only naval personnel at Bladensburg (“Commodore Barney at the Bladensburg Races,” October, pp. 46–52). Far removed from them, on the left flank of the American lines, were the men of Captain William Doughty’s Rifle Company, 2nd Regiment, 1st Columbian Brigade (Washington Militia). They were drawn from among the workers at the Washington Navy Yard. Doughty himself was the service’s senior naval constructor, the designer of most of the warships built during the War of 1812, including a number of the Barney gunboats.