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      Understanding Battlefield Performance of U.S. Marines Ashore during the Civil War

      Marine Corps History
      Marine Corps University Press

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          During the American Civil War, U.S. Marines rarely engaged in land operations and even more rarely conducted land-based or amphibious operations involving more than one company. The Marine Corps’ lackluster battlefield performance ashore during the Civil War is best understood by examining their poor organization in officer selection, recruiting and retention, ad hoc formations larger than company size, limited collective tactical training, and experience in large-scale ground combat. The focus of this study is on large-scale Marine land operations, involving battalion-size elements assembled on an ad hoc basis and led by either U.S. Navy officers or U.S. Army officers, to analyze Marines’ battlefield performance ashore.

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          Journal
          Marine Corps History
          MCH
          Marine Corps University Press
          2381375X
          23813768
          March 21 2022
          December 27 2021
          March 21 2022
          December 27 2021
          : 7
          : 2
          : 5-21
          Article
          10.35318/mch.2021070201
          60091622-b57c-4924-92b5-d3f89a1ec0cf
          © 2021

          Distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial NoDerivatives License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/, which permits noncommercial use and distribution in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited, and the original work is not modified.

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          Theory of historical sciences,Political science,Modern history,General history,Contemporary history,History

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