“Son of Dr. William Muse and Elizabeth Sulivane Muse, He was born in Dorchester County on April 8, 1842.’
1861 – Served as orderly sergeant of the Dorchester Guard under the command of Col. James Wallace.
1864 – Commissioned by President Lincoln as Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
1867 – Promoted to First Lieutenant and took command of the Marines on the U.S.S. Brooklyn (for the next three years this ship cruised the Mediterranean to reassure those countries that the United States was still a power at sea in spite of the Civil War)
1880 – Promoted to Captain and ordered to the U.S.S. Tennessee as the Fleet Marine officer of the North Atlantic Station
1884 – Assigned to command the company sent for the protection of the Panama Canal explorations
1891 – As Pacific Marine Officer on the Flagship U.S.S. San Francisco, was ordered to Chile for the protection of American interests during a revolution. His ground forces were instrumental in rescuing President Balmaceda and his staff
1898 – During the Spanish – American War he received the surrender of Admiral Cuvera and other Spanish officers in Cuba and brought them to POW camp in Annapolis
Sent to China as a replacement commanding officer during the Boxer Rebellion, he retired shortly after for health reasons. He retired as a Brigadier General (the highest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps as that time) in 1900
In retirement he returned to Cambridge and managed the Hambrooks Land Development Company
Died in Cambridge on April 16, 1911 and was buried in the Christ Church Cemetery" -- Pamphlet available in the the Dorchester County Library.
D. F. Newland
Brig Gen William S. Muse U.S.M.C
U.S. Marine Corp League