Every sea going country in the world has had a Marine Corps. These “soldiers of the sea” have written their names down in the annals of time and covered
themselves with glory and honor and are recognized as being the elite services of the world. The Royal Marines and The United States Marines are two of the better known branches and their history.
While many of the officers of the Confederate Marines were former US Marines, the commandant was not. Commandant Colonel Lloyd H. Beall was a former US Army paymaster who was based at St Louis, Mo. When the South seceded from the Union , he did what many Southern officers did- “went South”. Though born in Rode Island, he identified with the South. He was appointed by Confederate Secretary of the Navy , Stephen R Mallory as the Commandant of the Marine
While there are no known published Confederate Marine dress regulations, there is enough photographic and written evidence to give a reasonable picture of the Marines.
The standard officer cover was the French kepis. These caps were different colors, but the standard seems to be grey and blue with peaks and chinstraps of black leather. These covers were worn by the officers.
Enlisted men wore dark blue French style kepis with black peaks and chinstraps and brass side buttons.
Marines were issued 1853 British Enfield type rifled muskets in 1862 as the standard , but like their brothers in the Army, they used what ever was available to them ranging from altered flint lock muskets to captured US .58 caliber Springfield or copies of them. Marine NCOs also were issued Army swords along with bayonets, scabbards, cap box, cartridge boxes, knapsacks as used in the British Army.