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Sharpshooters at Rose Run

Sharpshooters at Rose Run
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Sharpshooters at Rose Run 
July 2, 1863

The Federal sharpshooter regiments were the brainchild of Hiram Berdan. Berdan was a New York inventor and marksman but had no military background. Two regiments were selectively recruited from across the northern states and uniformed in green. Equipped with Sharps breech-loading rifles, skilled sharpshooters could fire roughly three times as fast as an infantryman equipped with a muzzle-loaded rifle. At Gettysburg, the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters Regiments were attached to General Ward’s Brigade of General Sickles’ 3rd Corps. The 1st U.S. Sharpshooters Regiment was involved in the first firefight of July 2 while on a reconnaissance in Pitzer’s Woods. That mid-afternoon, the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters Regiment under Major Homer Stoughton moved forward to a skirmish line west of Plum Run and its tributary, Rose Run. Since General Buford’s cavalry had left the scene at mid-day, the 200 sharpshooters were the only forces out in front of Ward’s Brigade in the open left flank of the Union Army. Around 4 p.m., the 2,800 troops of Law’s and Robertson’s Brigades approached from a half mile away directly at the marksmen.
In this diograph, we see a squad of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters in a rocky area just to the west of Rose Run. The 1st Texas Infantry Regiment with their skirmishers are just clearing a ridge on the J. W. Weikert farm.


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