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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 10:26 pm
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Very good question, Pam. I'm particularly fond of Berdan's Sharpshooters, but was there a superior regiment of sharpshooters, maybe even in the Confederacy?

To my knowledge, Berdan's Regiments were the only regimental-size collection of sharpshooters on either side. It soon became a more efficient distribution to have a few designated hitters in each company rather than have an entire regiment of them.

But it's difficult to make a generalization because the decision on the deployment and use of the sharpshooter depended heavily on the regimental and brigade commanders, so you see a wide variety of ways of employing them.

To get into Berdan's units, you had to pass a marksmanship test; and you got a special uniform. In other units, it quickly came to the attention of the Company Captain and through him to the Regiment's Colonel when a man or three showed particular skill.

There are many sharpshooter types and stories about them, but there surely are members whose knowledge exceeds mine.


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