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During his tour as Commandant, the Marine Corps grew in 1)0th officers aoci enlisted toen. He established a regular system of examinations of officers for i""' and set tip a system of officers' schools. Other accomplishments under his leadership included: Marine Corps posts increasing from 12 to 21; an officer being detailed for duty as instructor at the Naval War College; greater emphasis being placed on target practice and marksmanship; the good conduct medal being adopted; and providing for at least the rank of brigadier general for the Commandant.

In November, Marines from the San tee were a part of the raiding party that hoarded and destroyed the schoo- ner Royal Yacht in the harbor of Galveston, Texas. Marines on board the American steamer San Jacinto, operating in the Atlantic, hoarded the British ship Trent and took off the Confederate diplomats John Slidell and James \Lason who were on board. During December 1861, Marines from the Dale landed anti destroyed a Confederate headquarters in the Charleston area after it had been bombarded by naval guns.

Deprived of its base by the Confederate Army's evacuation of Norfolk and with too much draft to retreat up the james River, the Virginia was run aground and blown up on the morning of Il May. On 23 May, Marine Captain Charles McCawley (later the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps) was ordered to take his Marines and reoccupy the Gosport Yard at Norfolk. Four days after the destruction of the Virginia had opened the James River. Union warships approached Drewry's Bluff on the James about eight mnilcs below Richmond.

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