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  • "Battle" of Nassau?

    Hello everybody,

    I'm interested in the history of the USMC. I have always read that the first amphibious operation of the Corps was the Battle of Nassau. However, recently I read some descriptions of that Battle and it doesn't seems a "battle" at all. I mean, it seems that they landed and occupied the forts and the town of Nassau without firing a shot. Am I right? Where there any combats? In which sense was this a "battle" according to the historians?

    Make no mistake, I'm an admirer of the Corps :-) But I am curious about this issue.

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    It appears that you are correct. There was no fighting and apparently no casualties so it doesn't even merit being called a skirmish, IMO.
    "I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers." William Tecumseh Sherman

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