The part played in the Civil War (1861-1865) by the small Marine Corps of the United and Confederate States is overshadowed by the confrontations of the great armies. Nevertheless, the coastal and riverine campaigns were of real importance, given the strategic significance of the Federal blockade of southern ports, and of the struggle for the Mississippi River. Marines wearing blue and grey fought in many dramatic actions afloat and ashore – ship-to-ship engagements, cutting-out expeditions, and coastal landings. This book offers a comprehensive summary of all such battles, illustrated with rare early photographs, and meticulously researched color plates detailing the often obscure minutiae of Marine uniforms and equipment.
"Ron Field is an acknowledged authority on the ACW ... In American Civil War Marines 1861-65, [he] details all the engagements in which the Corps was involved during the whole of that unhappy period ... This book would be an invaluable addition to the library of any student of the ACW" -ALan Caton, Toy Soldier & Model Figure (April 2008)