During the american civil war, sharpshooters saw limited action, as tacticians sought to avoid the heavy casualties inflicted through normal tactics, which involved close ranks of men at close ranges. the sharpshooters used by both sides in the civil war were less used as snipers, and more as skirmishers and scouts. these elite troops were well equipped and trained, and placed at the front of any column to first engage the enemy.
colonel hiram berdan, a self-made millionaire who was reputed to be the best rifle marksman in the nation at that time.
there was also an all-native american company of sharpshooters in the army of the potomac. these men, primarily odawa, ojibwe, and potawatomi from northern michigan, comprised the members of company k of the 1st regiment michigan volunteer sharpshooters.
on the confederate side, sharpshooter units functioned as light infantry. their duties included skirmishing and reconnaissance. robert e. rodes, colonel of the 5th alabama infantry regiment, and later a major general, was a leader in the development of sharpshooter units. the confederate states army made more widespread use of sharpshooters than federal forces, often having semi-permanent detachments at the regimental level and battalions of various size attached to larger formations. dedicated sharpshooter units included the 1st georgia sharpshooter battalion and three more from that state, the 9th (pindall's) battalion missouri sharpshooters as well as the sharpshooter battalions of the army of northern virginia.
confederate sharpshooters were often less well equipped than federal counterparts, often using the enfield rifled musket or (the more uncommon) hexagonal bore british whitworth rifles, rather than breech loading berdan sharps rifles.
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pictured above is one of two 10 pound parrot rifles of garrity’s alabama battery overlooking chattanooga, tennessee from point park on top of lookout mountain. this section of guns occupied this position for two months prior to the battle of lookout mountain on november 24, 1863. the guns were engaged at intervals in firing at the us wagon trains, the moccasin point batteries, and missionary ridge. after the capture of orchard knob by us forces, the guns were ordered to occupy the line of works at the base of missionary ridge and on its summit east of orchard knob and north of the birds mill road. #civilwar#chattanooga#lookoutmountain#tennessee#artillery#confederate#history
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