Web Page Update - Alexandria Surrenders - August 23
There has been an update to the web page for the "Alexandria
Surrenders" event, being held August 23, 2008 at the Carlyle House in
General event details can be found at:
Participant information, including safety and authenticity guidelines,
can be found at:
If you have any questions about the event in general, please contact
Jim Bartlinski of the Carlyle House at jbartlinski@.... If you
have any questions about the military living history program, please
contact me off list.
Military Living History Coordinator
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- In a "1 out of every 10" study of *enlistment* papers for the USMC
done at the National Archives by Mark Hilliard the average age was
At the outset of the war the USMC was so hard up for recruits they
took anyone do the dislike of the commandant including old men.
One recruiter told the Commandant that all he had enlisted were
men in their 50s and 60s, saying to the effect that they were
totally useless but that was all that were signing up so he was
obliged to take them and there is no rebuff of their enlistment from
the records of the Commandant.
There were even two specific incidents of Marines known as "Old
Brannigan" and "Old McGuinness" serving on two seperate stations
Old Brannigan (in New York if I recall correctly)was discharged in
1813 but the offiecer allowed him to live in Barracks because he
feared the trip home would kill him!!!!
Old McGuinness was taken from streneous duty and made a waiter for
his officer in CHarleston SC.
There are also plenty of record of men being discharged during the
war for "old age"
So when you look across the field or down the line at us 1812 US
Marines those white hairs on many may be accurate, not just because
the Marines kept their hair powdered through the war, but because
some may not have needed powder :)
USS CON 1812 MG