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Did the marines fight in the civil war? Don't hear much about them during that time period. So I was just curious.
Which is the same purpose the metal epaulettes once aprt of officers uniforms had at one time - protection (of the shoulder in that case) from a sword stroke.They used to wear leather collars around their neck, to protect them from a 'swinging' sword of their adversary.
No, the Misguided Children had a distinctive uniform then as now, though it bore a resemblance to the contemporary Army duds if I recall correctly. There are pictures around, though just off hand I'm not certain of where to go on line to find some.Interesting stuff. Did they wear the same uniform as the Navy or Army back then? Are there any photos of Civil War era Marines floating around?
It was a detachment of Marines who broke down the door of the engine house at Harpers Ferry to end the siege when John Brown, America's first terrorist, and his gang tried--and failed--to cause a general slave insurrection in 1859.
The Marines at that time were under the command of an Army colonel by the name of Robert E. Lee, and Lee's equally obscure lieutenant, a young officer named J.E.B. Stuart, who approached Brown under a white flag and told them to surrender "or else".
Setting the pattern for whack jobs who would follow him in later years, Brown chose "or else".
The Marines broke down the door and rushed in as both sides shot and swung sabers at close range. Lt. Israel Green knocked Brown out with a saber blow to the head and that was that. Brown and his men were taken to nearby Charles Town, given fair trials, and hung not quite two months after the raid.
One Marine was killed storming the engine house. Private Luke Quinn was killed and is still buried in the local cemetery in a prominent and well-maintained gravesite under a large Marine Corps. banner. Lt. Green went on to become a Marine officer for the Confederates when war broke out two years later.
Apparently it is derived from the "high and tight" haircut. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=164178Ok we have the leatherneck covered but what about the pet name of "Jar Heads"? My dad was a Marine and I cant remember what or if he told me anythig about this. I have army friends who say the Jar head name was because they screwed the lid off their heads filled it with shit and screwed it back on. My dad will get a kick out of that one.
Thanks for the link and while I was there I saw (POGEY BATE) OMG my dad used to call junk food by this name when I was kid , I wondered where in the heck he came up with that . Well I have since had a heartt attack and he tells me no more than a month ago " it's all that pogey bate you ate as a kid that caused it" I always thought he was just fos because he had nick-names for everything.Apparently it is derived from the "high and tight" haircut. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=164178