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Naim Peress said in November 10th, 2009 at 9:26 am

This sounds very interesting. Were these Marines as in the US Marine Corps or naval marines?

hardings said in November 16th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Messler’s Mississippi Marine Brigade was actually a special command in the Regular Army that was given direction by the Union Navy. Although as an actual unit they were not apart of the USMC, their actions of defending Union plantations and towns along the Mississippi River bared a much higher resemblance to Marine operations than the actions of the USMC itself, which was racked with leadership problems and spent most of the Civil War performing guard duties and manning blockades.

Phil Roycraft said in December 27th, 2009 at 9:12 am

I am researching the involvement of the 8th Illinois in the re-printing of the famous “wallpaper edition” of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen. Therefore, I am interrested in the diary of G.D. Molineaux during this period. However, your link is broken. Is there any way you can send me the transcription?

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