The United States Marine Corps in the Civil War: The first year

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White Mane Publishing Company, 1997 - History - 350 pages
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David Sullivan's magisterial history of the United States Marine Corps during the Civil War dispels the notion that the organization did little or nothing to sustain its reputation during the conflict. He debunks the myth that the Marine Battalion broke at the first attack during the Battle of Bull Run and remained in the rear for the rest of the fight. The author presents evidence that naval officers, charged with securing advanced bases along the coast of the Confederacy, were eager to have the participation of Marines in those operations. The book also brings to light the contributions of Marines to the many small unit actions necessary to cripple the Confederate war effort, and reveals the courage of the Marines who fought at Fort Sumter, Hampton Roads, and Tulifinney Crossroads. Lavishly illustrated with more than 160 pictures, over half of which have never been published before, and based upon letters and journals of Marines, this book places the Corps in its proper place among the forces of the United States in the Civil War.

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Sullivan spent over 20 years researching this book.

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