MARINES IN THE REVOLUTION:
A History of the Continental Marines in the American Revolution,
1775-1783.

Charles R. Smith,

illustrated by Major Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR.

VG. Light bumping of corners and head & heal of spine. A little light scuffing. Light \wear to extremities, with several small breaks in fabric along bottoms edges, but fabric not peeling at all. Interior clean; binding tight. A clean, sound copy overall.

History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. 20380, 1975. Illustrated boards issued without dust jacket. Map of Atlantic Ocean printed on end pages. Lavishly illustrated, glossy paper throughout. 491 pages. OUT OF PRINT.

From the Forward by BrigGen E.H. Simmons: "On 10 November 1775 the Second Continental Congress authorized the raising of two battalions of Marines. From this small beginning we have seen the United States Marine Corps grow into a powerful force for the nation's security. In this volume, through the actions and words of the participants, we read of a small Marine force which promptly challenged Great Britain's control on both land and sea. Our first amphibious raid landedin the Bahamas on 3 March 1776, capturing gravely need munitions, and proving to the foe that the infant American Marine Corps was a threat to be reckoned with. Likewise we read of small bands of Marines who dared to stand in the way of British troops at Princeton, New Jersey, and Charleston, South Carolina. And we also learn of the little-known Marine expedition down the Mississippi river under naval Captain James Wiling in 1778. Historians, past and present, all too often neglect completely the maritime history of the American Revolution or they pass over it with superficial attention. Mr Charles R. Smith has corrected this omission with respect to Continental Marines. Based on extensive and careful research, the author has rescued from oblivion those actions from which our modern concepts of amphibious warfare have grown."

CONTENTS as follows:

~~ FORWARD
~~ PREFACE
~~ DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
~~ INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I: BIRTH OF THE CONTINENTAL MARINES

~~ 10 November 1775
~~ The Naval Committee
~~ General Washington's Reply
~~ Marine Officers Commissioned
~~ Naval Regulations Adopted
~~ Naval Officers Appointed
~~ The Marines Prepare for Action

CHAPTER II: OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES: EARLY MARINE PARTICIPATION

~~ Arnold's Champlain Fleet
~~ Washington's New England Navy

CHAPTER III: THE NEW PROVIDENCE RAID

~~ The Continental Fleet
~~ Six Weeks in Ice
~~ Southward, Into the Atlantic
~~ In a Precarious State
~~ Hopkins Blunders
~~ Ashore at Last
~~ Fort Montague Taken
~~ Fort Nassau and the Town Secured
~~ Home without Powder

CHAPTER IV: UNCOMBINED OPERATIONS, APRIL-DECEMBER 1776

~~ The Lexington and Reprisal
~~ The Defense of the Delaware
~~ Under Cape May
~~ Voyage to Martinique
~~ The Lexington Goes to Sea
~~ Return of the Continental Fleet
~~ Demise of the Continental Fleet
~~ The New Frigates

CHAPTER V: THE TRENTON-PRINCETON CAMPAIGN

~~ Four New Companies
~~ Off to Trenton
~~ General Washington's Retreat
~~ The Randolph Readied
~~ Washington's Important Stroke
~~ Washington Crosses the Delaware
~~ Cadwalader Fails
~~ Into New Jersey
~~ Assunpink
~~ On to Princeton
~~ To Morristown
~~ Their Separate Ways

CHAPTER VI: NEW FRIGATES IN ACTION & THE DEBACLE ON THE DELAWARE, 1777

~~ The Escape
~~ The Fox Captured and Lost
~~ PalmesArrested
~~ Osborne's Recruits
~~ Fitting-out the Ranger ~~ Two Foul Cruises
~~ Fight for the Delaware
~~ An American Frigate is Captured
~~ Marines to the Rescue

CHAPTER VII: ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, 1777-1778

~~ Franklin's Naval War
~~ A Squadron Gathered
~~ From Portsmouth to Solway
~~ Whitehaven and St. Mary's Isle
~~ Drake Captured and Wallingford Lost
~~ With Adams to France
~~ At Bordeaux
~~ Ashort Cruise and a Sullen Crew
~~ To Sea at Last
~~ Off to America
~~ Conyngham's End

CHAPTER VIII: A YEAR OF LANDINGS AND LEG IRONS, 1778

~~ "and take What we Pleased!"
~~ "fighting at a most infernal rate"
~~ The Alfred Lost
~~ Escape from the Providence River
~~ The Columbus Aground
~~ Lieutenant Pownal in Irons
~~ Barges on the Delaware
~~ Another Misfortune
~~ New Companies For New Ships

CHAPTER IX: MARINES ON THE MISSISSIPPI, 1777-1779

~~ Willing's Marine Expedition
~~ Trouble at New Orleans
~~ Longstreet and the West Florida

CHAPTER X: SUCCESS AT SEA & DISASTER AT PENOBSCOT, 1779

~~ Gratifying Achievements
~~ The Penobscot Expedition
~~ A Fleet Formed
~~ On to Penobscot
~~ Storming the Heights
~~ Prospects of Victory Fall Away
~~ "have a Company of Marines raised!"
~~ At Year's End

CHAPTER XI: SAILING AGAINST ENGLAND, 1779-1781

~~ Passage to France
~~ An Elegant Dinner
~~ A Ship at Last
~~ Preliminary Cruise
~~ An Ambitious Cruise
~~ Up the Firth of Forth
~~ The Battleoff Flamborough Head
~~ To the Texel
~~ Off in the Alliance
~~ Landais Takes Command
~~ A Madman at the Helm
~~ The Ariel

CHAPTER XII: CHARLESTON, 1780

~~ A Fleet to the Southward
~~ Destruction of Fort Johnston
~~ Marines to the Batteries
~~ To Sea at Last
~~ Trumbull vs. Watt
~~ The Marines Suffer
~~ From Martinique to Philadelphia
~~ Abraham Van Dyke
~~ "Come then, my brave Boys"
~~ Masts for the Frigates
~~ The Confederacy and Saratoga
~~ Only Three are Left
~~ Crowns to Save the Continent

CHAPTER XIII: STATE AND PRIVATEER MARINES

~~ Maryland and Virginia
~~ In Private Pay

XIV: MUSTERING OUT, 1782-1783

~~ The Last Two Frigates
~~ A Crisis and a Cruise
~~ Mutiny and Resignation
~~ To be Sold at Auction
~~ The Last Cruise
~~ Parke's Just Deserts
~~ The Alliance and Bourbon
~~ A Few Gallant Memories

APPENDIXES

~~ A. Notes
~~ B. Bibliography
~~ C. Diary of John Trevett, Captain of Marines
~~ D. Journal of William Jennison, Lieutenant of Marines
~~ E. Journal of Joseph Hardy, Captain of Marines
~~ F. The Narrative of Thomas Philbrook
~~ G. Extract of a Letter from Captain Samuel Nicholas, April 10, 1776
~~ H. Advertisements for Marine Deserters
~~ I. Continental Marine Muster, Pay and Prize Rolls
~~ J. Biographies of Continental Marine Officers.

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