Marines in the Civil War

The Corps' first Medal of Honor winner, a 27-year-old corporal, received his award from President Abraham Lincoln.

From the waning days of the American Revolution, when Gen George Washington awarded a decoration called the Purple Heart to a few of his soldiers, until Confederate shells screamed into Fort Sumter, S. C. to ignite the Civil War, few American fighting men received medals for valor... Read the entire article.

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