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The brigade was gradually reduced during the succeeding years and in 1914, when trouble began brewing in the Caribbean, it was disbanded and the duties were taken ovet- by Marine Barracks, Olongapo. Trouble In China In the summer of 1900, prior to the extensive Marine buildup in the Philippines, the Boxer Rebellion broke out in China. On 28 May the Boxers went on a rampage and burned several railroad stations on the Belgian-built line between Peking and Paotingfu, On the following clay, they destroyed the Imperial Railway shops at Fengtai, just below Peking.

On 9 March, Admiral Dewey cabled a request for Marines to he sent to support the naval base at Cavite, Manila Bay. The Ist Battalion, consisting of 16 officers and 2(30 enlisted men, was organized and placed under the command of Colonel P. C. Pope. About a month later, the battalion sailed from San Francisco and arrived at Cavite on 23 May. In July, additional Marines were requested, and by late September the 2d Moros and restored peace to the island. Although the action was short and decisive, it was bloody, and two Marine officers, Captains David D.

Stoddard joined Army troops in an attempt to sever the Charleston and Savannah rail line. After several futile stabs at the railroad, the Army abandoned efforts and the \larine battalion was dis. handed and returned to its regular ships of the its squadron. With the Union forces in Savannah, Mobile, Charleston, and New Orleans, there was only one major port remaining open to the Confed- erates by December 1864. This port was at Wilmington, North Carolina, guarded by Fort Fisher. During January 1865, an attack was launched against Fort Fisher in a combined operation of soldiers, sailors, and Marines.

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