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Marines in the Revolution: A History of the Continental Marines in the American Revolution, 1775-1783

Marines in the Revolution: A History of the Continental Marines in the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Charles R. Smith. 1975. 491 pp.

(Print: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1560110)
(Online: https://archive.org/details/MarinesInTheRevolution)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What were Marines doing on the Mississippi River during the Revolution?
  • What was it like to serve in the marines of Maryland and Virginia?
  • What sort of positions did men hold on Marine ships?
  • What rewards were posted for the return of deserting marines?

Description:

This an overview of Continental Marine activity from the creation of the Marines through the last days of the Revolutionary War.

Battles/Campaigns covered in detail are:

  • New Providence Raid
  • Trenton-Princeton Campaign
  • Marines on the Mississippi, 1777-1779
  • Sailing Against England
  • Charleston, 1780

The last chapter is called “mustering out” and has information on the disposition of ships as well as men.

The book also has several appendices including diaries of men involved in the campaigns, list of men on ships and a set of advertisements for capturing deserting marines.

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