The United States Marines in North China, 1894-1942

The United States Marines in North China, 1894-1942

by Chester M. Biggs

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786414888
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2003
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Chester M. Biggs, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant, has taught school and was the coordinator for audiovisual and printing services at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina. He lives near Hope Mills.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1


Introduction 5



1 Early Military Operations in North China 7

2 Early Marine Legation Guards 11

3 The Boxer Rebellion 15

4 The Marine Legation Guard in Peking (1900) 26

5 Seymour’s Relief Column 34

6 Major Waller’s Column 40

7 The Capture of Tien-Tsin 47

8 The Siege of the Legations at Peking 63

9 The Relief of Peking 118

10 Marines Return to Peking 137

11 The End of an Era: The Old China Marine 168



Epilogue 210

Appendix A: Chronology 211

Appendix B: The Legation Guard at Peking (1900) 220

Appendix C: Reports of Colonel Robert J. Meade and Major L.W.T. Waller 222

Appendix D: The Letter Sir Claude MacDonald Received from “Prince Ching and Others” 228

Appendix E: U.S. Marines Who Received the Medal of Honor During the Boxer Rebellion 230

Appendix F: Marine Officers Receiving a Brevet Commission During the Boxer Rebellion 232

Appendix G: Appreciation from the American Missionaries for the Marine Legation Guard 234

Appendix H: Letters to Major Waller from British Officers Commending the Marines’ Action at Tien-Tsin 236

Appendix I: Operation Reports of the U.S. Marines in the Relief of the Besieged Legation Quarter at Peking 238

Appendix J: Roster of Marine Personnel in North China (December 8, 1941) 246

Appendix K: Knights of the Round Table Roster 250



Notes 253

Bibliography 265

Index 269

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