The Confederate States Marine Corps: The Rebel Leathernecks
The history of the Confederate States Marine Corps is almost the history of the Confederacy itself. Founded by former United States Marine Corps officers, the efforts of this small select group in combat and in garrison reflect the coastal and maritime struggles of the Confederate States as a whole.
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The First Year
Marines in Virginia
Marines at Mobile Alabama
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Alabama appointed April Army assigned August battery Benthuysen Benthuysen's company Brigade Camp Beall Capt Captain Meiere Captain Van Benthuysen's captured Charleston clothing coat command commission Confederate Marine Corps Confederate States Marine County Crenshaw crew dated Davis December deserted detachment Doak Drewry's Bluff duty enlisted expedition February Federal Fendall Flag-Officer Fort Fisher Franklin Buchanan George Georgia Gosport Navy Yard Graves guns Henry Infantry James River James River Squadron January July June letter Major March Marine Barracks Marine battalion Marine Guard Marine officers Mobile Naval Navy Yard North Carolina November October ordered Orleans paroled Paymaster Pensacola Point Lookout prisoners privates Quartermaster rank Rapier received records recruits regiment resigned returned Richmond rifles Robert Ruffin Thomson Savannah second lieutenant Secretary Semmes sent September sergeant served ship Simms Station Terrett Thom transferred troops Tyler U.S. Marine Corps U.S. National Archives U.S. Navy uniform Van Benthuysen vessels Virginia Wilmington