“Using…Superlatives Not Found in Military Tactics or Church Catechism”: Berdan’s Sharpshooters at Kelly’s Ford

Emerging Civil War

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block

In the fall of 1863, Berdan’s Sharpshooters were respected on both sides of the field. There initial purpose being to “bring together the best marksmen possible of the North, and to arm them with the most reliable rifle made.” With such men armed and thoroughly equipped, it was believed that in the line of special service –that of sharpshooting and skirmishing – they would be invaluable to the Union cause.[1]

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