You are partially correct Maddow: Following secession, only a fragment of what was left of the U.S. Marine Corps actually fought against the Confederacy.
Upon secession, 75% of the US Marine Corps sided with the South as the South created a Confederate States Marine Corps. After the war and through WWII, the Marine Corps was known tongue-and-cheek by the other branches as the "army of the Confederacy." Some even referred to the Corps as the "offspring of the Confederacy" because the sons of many Confederate Veterans carried the Southern-Confederate traditions as leaders of Marines. One of these men was the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune who was also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He also wore a United Daughters of the Confederacy War Service Medal, which links his campaign service and Louisiana Confederate lineage, on his Marine uniform. Another descendent of numerous Confederate Veterans was Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller - the most decorated Marine in our history. Chesty, a Virginia native, noted he patterned himself after two Virginia sons - Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Following his retirement, Chesty would periodically make a pilgrimage from his home in Saluda, Va. to Lexington, Va. to visit the graves of these ardent Christian men.
These traditions were weaved throughout the newly reformed Corps and Confederate Battle flags flew at Marine bases alongside the Stars and Stripes until the Civil Rights movement in the 60's when Washington politicians forced their removal. Marines posted Confederate Battle flags on Okinawa and Iwo Jima after securing those islands from the Japanese. The tactics used during ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore fighting by the Confederate States Marines were carried over to the newly reformed US Marine Corps after the war starting the amphibious warfare the Corps is known for.
I'll bet Maddow has never heard of Colonel William Oscar Brice. He was the Marine Commander on the Solomon Islands during WWII. Many of the Marines, Navy, and Army personnel under his command were Southerners. Bowing to his Confederate lineage and that of his personnel, they were not known as "US Forces Solomons." Instead, they were known as the CONFORSOLS - Confederate Forces Solomon Islands. They flew the Stars and Bars instead of the Stars and Stripes on their headquarters island appropriately called - New South, Georgia. The aircraft they flew (namely SBD's and Corsairs) were named after Confederate steeds. Colonel Brice's killing order: Yank's first; Jap's second. They were even sent formal permission to colonize the island by noted Richmond, Va. newspaper editor and Robert E. Lee biographer Douglass Southall Freeman. And though Colonel Brice took a small public relations hit because of this organization, he maintained it because it boosted the morale of his men.
Marxist Maddow needs to gear down her openly lesbian lifestyle and gear up some true history. Then again, that would "clash" with her pinko agenda.
Semper Saviour - Semper Fi - Semper Confederate,
GySgt / USMC (ret.)