U. S. Marines

Amandas Snyder William F. Datow George Tull
Robert S. Gray Archibald Stewart Taylor-Major J. A. Burrough
Allen Walter William Smith  
Isaac Arterburn John Hendricks John Nangle
Albert VanVoorhees Dennis McCahill Dennis McCashin
William Gulick William J. Smith Abraham D. Boucher
J. P. Coons C. McCaffrey Robert Brunt
James Buchanan Breese Henry G. Nutt John Henry Bacon
James Mcelroy Andrew H. Halbertstadt Richard W. Drenning
John Chappell Charles Raub Isaac Stover
William Baccart C. Finerock George H. Flood
John Ogden Francis Connolly Garrett C. Green
John Bain Michael Albert   John Souders
Benaiah L. Stevens Jacob S. (L) Fenimore Harry E. Horner
Patrick Govern John B. Greiserr Lloyd James Beall
     

Officers of the Marine Corps

Taken from the Records of Living Officers of the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps.  Compiled from Official Sources by Lewis Randolph Hamersly, Late Lieutenant United States Marine Corps.  Revised Edition, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1870.  Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by L. R. Hamersly and F. R. Harbaugh, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Also taken from the Records of Living Officers of the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps; (2nd Edition) with a history of Naval Operations During the Rebellion of 1861-5. (2nd Edition 1870) And a list of the ships and officers participating in the great battles.  Compiled from official sources by Lewis R. Hamersly (Late Lieutenant United States Marine Corps)

Philadelphia:  J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1870

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by L. R. Hamerly and F. R. Harbaugh, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Commandant
 
BG Jacob Zeilin    

General Staff

Major William B. Slack--Quartermaster Major Augustus S. Nicholson--Inspector
Major John C. Cash--Paymaster Captain Wm. T. A. Maddox Asst QM.
Captain James Wiley--Asst. QM  
    

Officers of the Line

Col. Mathew R. Kintzing LTC James H. Jones LTC Charles G. McCawley
Major Thomas Y. Field Major George R. Graham Major John L. Broome
Major James Lewis    
     

Captains

(Note: The officers listed below obtained ranks above Captain.  They were from Major to General.

 
Clement D. Hebb Philip R. Fendall John Schermerhorn
Charles Heywood Lucien L. Dawson George Butler
George W. Collier George P. Houston James Forney
McLane Tilton John H. Higbee Frank Munroe
Robert W. Huntington Joseph F. Baker William H. Parker
Henry Anthony Bartlett Charles A. Stillman Horatio B. Lowry
Frederick H. Corrie Percival C. Pope John H. Grimes
William R. McKean    
     

First Lieutenants

Frederick H. Corrie-See above Percival C. Pope--See above William R. Brown
Richard S. Collum Norval L. Nokes William B. Remey
Henry J. Bishop Robert L. Meade Lyman P. French
William Wallace Edward C. Saltmarsh Charles F. Williams
Edward P. Meeker Louis E. Fagan Charles L. Sherman
George M. Welles Henry C. Cochrane George B. Haycock
William S. Muse Israel H. Washburn Albert B. Young
Frank D. Webster James D. B. Breese A. S. Taylor
James M. T. Young William B. Murray George C. Reid
Erastus R. Robinson    
     

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) was not utilized to full advantage during the Civil War. Already weakened by the resignations of many of its best officers, the USMCs morale suffered further as a result of feuding between staff and line officers and senior officers who regarded themselves administrators rather than field commanders. Another blow to morale was the practice of appointing new junior officers by patronage.

        In 1861 Congress authorized the United States Marine Corps to be enlarged to 93 officers and 3,074 enlisted men, and Abraham Lincoln increased that number by another thousand. However, recruiting was hindered by a lack of funds for bounties and longer terms of enlistment than for men in the volunteer army. By 1863 negative feelings toward the USMC resulted in a congressional resolution that would have transferred the corps to army control. The resolution was defeated, however, and when Marine Commandant-Col. Jobn C. Harris died in 1864, Sec. of the Navy Gideon Welles retired several senior officers to appoint Maj. Jacob Zeilin his successor. Zeilin, at 59, was a combat veteran of the Mexican War and an officer of proven ability.

        Harris had governed the corps by carefully following all naval regulations and by staying clear of army operations, and Zeilin continued this policy. As a consequence, marines did not play a major role in expeditions and amphibious operations during the war. Both Harris and Zeilin failed to recognize the possibilities of amphibious assault, regarding such operations as a responsibility of the army. Some 400 marines did participate in the navy's unsuccessful landing operation against Fort Fisher, 13-14 Jan. 1865; the army landing finally won the battle there.

        During the war marines continued their traditional role as ship guards, also manning batteries and participating in limited operations ashore. They did not always perform well, as at First Bull Run, where a marine battalion of mostly raw recruits was routed. But other marines distinguished themselves during landing and gunboat attacks and especially as members of gun crews. 17 marines received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery; 13 of these were sergeants and corporals serving as gun captains and gun-division commanders.

        Marine recruiting improved by 1864 with changes in the conscription laws and with bounty money finally available. When the war ended, the corps was at full strength. A total of 148 marines were killed in action, while 312 more died from other causes.

Source:  "Historical Times Encyclopedia of the Civil War"

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