What kind of marines were they?

major bill

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At the start of the Civil War United States Revenue Marines had at least 24 vessels. Those not captured by the Confederacy were soon readied for war service.

Besides the United States Revenue Service crews and gunners, the commander of the Revenue Marines ordered that each Revenue Marine cutter would have ten "Marines" on board. These were not members of the United States Marine, but enlisted men whose chief responsibility was the defense of the cutters in times of trouble. They were drilled on deck and on shore.

So what kind of "marines" were the "Marines" serving as enlistedmen on US Revenue Marine cutters? Any information on what kind of uniforms they wore?
 
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major bill

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I see an account of a US Revenue Cutter having both "Infantry Marines" and "Riflemen Marines" aboard, but both appear to be no more than Revenue Marines trained with the use of long arms. So would they wear the same clothing as normal Revenue Marines but with added belts and pouches?
 

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A quick search of U.S. statutes shows that this was probably an order, not legislation creating a new corps. My guess, in the absence of access to records governing the service would be that members of the crew were to be trained as riflemen or "infantrymen," whatever that might mean.
 

67th Tigers

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"Revenue-Marine" was the formal name of the service, which in 1915 was merged with the Life-Saving Service (after a 1894 name change) to form the US Coast Guard.

The marines were USRM personnel (i.e. Coast Guard in modern terms), and would have worn the uniform of such:

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