U.S. Marine Corps Carte De Visite - Inventory Number: CDV 465
Crisp CDV image of a United States Marine Corps sergeant wearing the 7-button frock coat with upward facing chevrons. Photographer: J.W. Black Boston.
The armed services were ill-prepared for the magnitude of the conflict, and none more so than the Marines in the Civil War. In 1861, the Corps’ total strength numbered just 63 officers and 1,712 enlisted personnel. On July 12, the new secretary of war, Simon Cameron, wrote to request “that the disposable effective Marines now here may be organized into a battalion and held in readiness to march on field service.”
Comes housed in an 8 x 14 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
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