Military Actions Prior to 1900

At Tripoli —Part II

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Fix Bahyonets! by Mustang

It is hard to imagine how the Barbary States (Morocco, Tunisia, Tripoli, and Algiers) might have competed with European nations at the end of the 18th Century, and at the beginning of the next. What did they have to trade that anyone wanted? Well, the Berbers did have the sea and what might be caught in it, and they also had sleek corsairs capable to running across the waves at a fast clip, overtaking merchantmen whose holds ...

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At Tripoli —Part I

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

The opening line of the Marine Corps Hymn is, “From the Halls of Montezuma, To the Shores of Tripoli…” Whoever wrote the hymn has these events out of sequence, but I’ve tried it the other way around and it simply doesn’t work —so we will have to acknowledge some poetic license and I vote we keep the hymn the way it is now.

The brevity of the refrain leads people to think that at some point, Marines ...

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An Age of Patriotism

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William Ward Burrows (16 Jan 1758 – 6 March 1805) was born in Charleston, South Carolina.  He served with distinction in the Revolutionary War with the South Carolina state militia.  After the war, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to practice law.  On the day following an act of Congress to establish a permanent United States Marine Corps (11 July 1798), President John Adams appointed Burrows Major Commandant.  During his tenure as Commandant, the manpower strength of ...

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The Marines’ First Amphibious Raid

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At the outset of the American Revolution, Great Britain’s governor in Virginia recognized that stores of arms and gunpowder within his control were now threatened by colonial rebels.  Accordingly, he directed that these stores be removed from Virginia and transported to New Providence Island in the Bahamas.  In August 1775, General Gage [1] alerted Governor Montfort ...

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CATALOGUE OF MUSIC and FILM

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An Angel’s Kiss Theme from Unified Patriots (ALL WARS)

That Fatal Glass of Beer, WC Fields, 1933 (BEER TENT)

Green Fields of France, by The Furys and Davey Arthur (WWI)

George Jones, Honky Tonk Song

Erick Strickland and the B Sides, Haggard & Hell

Chris Scruggs, Honky Tonkin’s Lifestyle

Guy Clark, Randall Knife (Live)

Texas Rangers, our First Border Guards (Pre-1900)

Final Battle at Rorke’s Drift, from “Zulu”, 1964 (KIPLING’S BRITISH)

Roger Moore Reads Kipling’s “Tommy Adkins” (KIPLING’S BRITISH)

Madeline Kahn, I’m ...

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