Though the Confederate Marine Corps never numbered more than six hundred men at any point during the War, they profoundly contributed to the naval strength of the Confederacy. These Marines served the South by defending land-based resources and boarding enemy ships for hand-to-hand combat. The Corps later evolved into a “special forces” branch of the military, and undertook clandestine and perilous missions to capture Union ironclad ships.
The Museum of the Confederacy joins over 25 other historical and educational attractions in Richmond to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and emancipation. The 15th Virginia reenactment unit will be on hand for living history demonstrations and admission to the Museum and White House will be free on this day.