Colonel Hiram Berdan's 2nd United States Sharpshooters were well-known for their dead-eye accuracy as well as for their unique green uniform. In order to qualify to be in the Regiment, a perspective member had to get ten shots within a ten-inch circular area from a range of approximately two hundred yards. The uniform of the regiment was in the regulation U.S. Pattern, consisting of a dark Green frock coat and trousers. The regiment used the model 1859 Sharps Rifle. A state of the art breach-loading rifle which vastly improved firepower. The 1st and 2nd US Sharpshooters were heavily engaged in many battles on the army of the Potomac: including Antietam and Gettysburg.
December 30th, 2013
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