The Boston Marine Barracks

A History, 1799–1974

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About the Book

The Boston Marine Barracks is one of the oldest in the United States: it stands within eyeshot of the USS Constitution. Lt. Col. John R. Yates, Jr., the last commanding officer of the Barracks when it closed in 1974, researched the hundreds of letters left behind by previous Barracks commanders, their superiors and many others. They reveal the life and times of the Marines billeted at the Barracks from the early 19th century until World War II. Often, of course, the Marines were deployed to far-off events and places.
This book also tells the story of the Barracks Marines’ participation in the Seminole Wars, the action in Samoa, the Boer Wars, the Philippine Insurrection, Panama, the Boxer Rebellion, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. This book reveals a naval prison’s existence on the shipyard for which the Marines were responsible for many years.

About the Author(s)

Lt. Col. John R. Yates, Jr., USMC (Ret.), was the last commander of the Boston Marine Barracks and served in the Vietnam War.
Thomas Yates has taught history, mathematics, and special education in the Massachusetts Merrimac Valley for six years. He flew for the Air Force, as an Instructor Navigator in the KC–135A airborne refueler and is a Desert Storm Veteran. He lives in Lowell Mssachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Lt. Col. John R. Yates, Jr., USMC (Ret.), and Thomas Yates
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos & illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9650-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1753-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Part I—The Fledgling Age
1. Military Obligations Evolve with a Nation 5
2. Marines at Sea, on Land and at War 14
3. Settling in to Normalcy; War Arrives Again 21
Part II—Adolescence
4. The Nation Splits Apart 31
5. The Eventfulness of Peacetime 39
6. Progress Marches On with New Commands 54
7. Major Meade Takes the Helm 67
Part III—The World Stage
8. The Spanish American War and Its Aftermath 87
9. The Era of Col. Pope 101
10. Prison Progress and Changes at the Top 118
11. The Post Exchange Investigation; Wood’s Command 130
12. Woes at the Gates 142
13. Samar 153
14. Ebb and Flow of Peacetime 162
15. Shipshape Under Major Hall 173
Part IV—Twilight
16. Lt. Col. Yates, the Vietnam Era, and Memories Preserved 185
Appendix: List of Commanding Officers 195
Chapter Notes 199
Bibliography 215
Index 219

Book Reviews & Awards

“Yates approaches his subject as a labour of love, but he has also produced a work of merit, and built a strong case for honouring a group of men who served their country well over the course of two centuries…a commendable work”—The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord.