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The first Leathernecks

Author: Don Burzynski
Publisher: [North Hills, CA] : Warriors Publishing Group, 2013.
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The First Leathernecks is an exciting and insightful recounting of the earliest and most formative phases in the history of the United States Marine Corps, including the War of 1812, a period in which the author is a recognized expert. Burzynski has gleaned what little information is available in documents from the time and filled in the blanks with his own extensive research and historical background. What has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Burzynski
ISBN: 9781480401235 1480401234 9781480401297 1480401293
OCLC Number: 828680099
Notes: "A combat history of the U.S. Marines from inception to the halls of Montezuma (1775-1848)."
"A bicentennial guide to the War of 1812."
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations, maps (some color)
Contents: The new Praetorian guard --
Marines' first amphibious assault --
Marines leave their ships for Princeton --
Marines defeated at Penobscot Bay --
The march "to the shores of Tripoli" --
U.S. forces burn York (Toronto) --
The battle for Fort George --
The defense of Sackets Harbor --
The battle of Craney Island --
The attempt to retake Mackinac Island --
The battle of Lake Erie --
Heroic stand at Bladensburg --
Bombardment at the White House --
The battle of Lake Champlain --
Marine defense of Fort McHenry --
The battle of New Orleans --
Ambush at Twelve-Mile Swamp --
Attack of Fajardo Bay --
Fighting pirates at Quallah Battoo --
Marines in the 2nd Seminole War --
Marine conductors on the Trail of Tears --
Marine special ops take California --
Storming the "Halls of Montezuma."
Other Titles: 1st Leathernecks
Responsibility: Don Burzynski.

Abstract:

The First Leathernecks is an exciting and insightful recounting of the earliest and most formative phases in the history of the United States Marine Corps, including the War of 1812, a period in which the author is a recognized expert. Burzynski has gleaned what little information is available in documents from the time and filled in the blanks with his own extensive research and historical background. What has emerged from those efforts is one of the most thorough and interesting accounts of a pivotal period in American military history. The author & rsquo;s stirring prose is amplified by beautiful artwork created by noted Marine Corps historian and fine artist Charles Waterhouse. The book covers the earliest days of the nascent US Marine Corps and extends to their participation in the Mexican War of 1848, including the War of 1812. (This release is timed to coincide with the bicentennial year of that conflict, and the ensuing renewed interest.) Even readers relatively unfamiliar with this crucial period in American history will be fascinated by Burzynki & rsquo;s tale of Marine combat in the battles of Lake Erie, Bladensburg, Baltimore, and New Orleans. It was the Marines & rsquo; accurate and devastating musketry, coupled with their skill at manning cannon aboard the American warships, that ensured victory in these battles with Great Britain. Despite their demonstrable value in those battles, their success in combating the slave trade while serving at sea with the US Navy, and their singular contribution in quashing piracy off the coasts of North Africa, the marines of the period were forced to fight for survival on home turf. Burzynski accurately and interestingly covers the internecine wars between marines, their supporters, and such luminaries as President Andrew Jackson and other politicians who often sided with American admirals eager to disband the corps. This is an exciting, exhilarating tale of the most formative years of the US Marine Corps. It goes a long way toward explaining how and why & ldquo;Send in the Marines! & rdquo; became a viable and reliable diplomatic ploy throughout the early years of American history.

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