US Military History: Siege of Peking


Active Member
May 22, 2016
On this day in 1900 the Boxer Rebellion began with a siege of foreign delegates in Peking, China. Some would think "What the heck is the Boxer Rebellion?" Others might think of this movie ...

But I wonder how many of you think of the United States Marine Corp?

Here's the simple backstory ... The United States and seven other countries - Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia-all had interests in China. These eight foreign powers also maintained legations in the Legation Quarter of Peking. Each legation, or delegation, had a security force. The USMC provided the security for the American delegation.

On 6/20/1900 The anti-Christian Boxers, along with Chinese government troops, under the direction of the anti-foreigner minded empress dowager, laid siege to the legations in Peking. The siege lasted 55 days until it was broken by a multinational force.

Notable Marine accomplishments: 33 individuals awarded the Medal of Honor (MOH); first MOH awarded to Marine posthumously; and 3 future Commandants of the USMC.

Notable Marines involved in this battle:
Daniel Daly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Smedley Butler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

General information
Boxer Rebellion - Facts & Summary -
Battle of Peking (1900) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prologue: Selected Articles

Forum List