This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Seattle

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Seattle

January 25, 1866, in Marine Corps history.

On January 25, 1866, Marines and sailors from the American sloop, Decatur went ashore at the village of Seattle, Washington, to protect settlers from raids by the local native population. The Native Americans launched a seven-hour attack on the settlers but were driven off later that day after suffering severe losses. Only two civilian volunteers were killed and no Marines or sailors were lost.

*Image info: Seattleites evacuate to the town blockhouse as USS Decatur opens fire on advancing tribal forces. (painting by Emily Inez Denny/released.)

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