The US Marine Corps 1775–1859

Continental and United States Marines

The US Marine Corps 1775–1859 cover

The US Marine Corps 1775–1859

Continental and United States Marines


Featuring specially commissioned artwork and archive illustrations, this engrossing study describes the US Marine Corps' early operations and illustrates its evolving uniforms and personal equipment.

The US Marine Corps' uniforms, personal equipment, insignia, and weaponry are all described and illustrated in this book, complemented by a succinct history of the Marines' military record from their beginnings to the eve of the American Civil War, by which time the US Marine Corps had established itself as a small but vitally important part of the United States' armed forces.

Organized in 1775, the first American Marines distinguished themselves throughout the American Revolutionary War, and even raided mainland Britain before being disbanded in 1783. Reestablished in 1798, the US Marine Corps fought in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, both at sea and on land. The years after 1815 saw the Corps involved in a wide variety of conflicts, from the Seminole Wars to the Mexican–American War; Marines even reached China and Japan. As the prospect of civil war began to threaten the United States, a small battalion of Marines was responsible for the capture of abolitionist John Brown at Harper's Ferry on October 18, 1859. The diverse operations and evolving appearance of the Marines are captured in this absorbing study from an acknowledged authority on US military costume.

Table of Contents

The American Revolutionary War
The Birth of the US Marine Corps
The First Barbary War
The War of 1812
New Challenges 1815-35
The Second Seminole War
The Mexican–American War
Expanding Empire
Harpers Ferry
Select Bibliography

Product details

Published May 23 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472851543
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Black & white and colour photos.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 251
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ron Field

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Adam Hook

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