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"With Pen or Sword: Lives and Times of the Remarkable Rutland Ripleys" by Robert G. Steele(1979). Details the Life of William Y.W. Ripley Co "F" 1st Regt. U.S. Sharpshooters

"Notes of Army and Prison Life 1862-1865", by Pvt. Charles Fairbanks is an Historical Memoir and is intended for ages 12 to adult. Charles Fairbanks of Bethel, VT. joined the Union army as a sharpshooter in August of 1862. He wrote this memoir in 1899, 34 years after the Civil War ended. He tells tales of battles and prison in a very straightforward manner. Also included are letters Fairbanks wrote home, as well as genealogical information about the Fairbanks family. This edition is packed with wonderful photos and drawings of the era. (2004)

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SOLDIERS IN GREEN - The Civil War Diaries of James Mero Matthews, 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters by Peter Dalton & Associates. Company D of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters was composed entirely of Maine men.





Berdan's United States Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac: by Capt. C.A. Stevens  Morningside Books, Dayton, OH





The Best the Union Could Muster: The True Story of Berdan's U.S. Sharpshooters at the Battle of Gettysburg.  by Michael L. Fahle Greencoat Productions, Lindsey, OH




, by Wiley Sword. 2nd edition. The story of the inventor, his men and the innovative weapon they used. 125 pp., 7" x 9 1/2".

Second Edition Softcover with New Cover Design is Available at Man at Arms Books. Click on the link Below:

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The Civil War Diary of Wyman S. White:
First Sergeant of Company F, 2nd United States Sharpshooters, 1861-1865 Butternut and Blue, 1991

The 2nd United States Sharpshooter Regiment was one of the elite units of the Army of the Potomac. Composed of expert marksmen, this regiment served throughout the war, distinguishing itself on every battlefield on which it fought.

Wyman White joined a New Hampshire company of the 2nd U.S.S.S. in November 1861. He served in every battle in which the regiment was engaged with the exceptions of South Mountain and Antietam.

These memoirs, written after the war, provide a vivid picture of army life and battle action. His recall of detail suggests that these reminiscences were based on diaries he kept throughout the war.

Wyman White's manuscripts is loaded with personal insights, humor, and superb detail of events, personalities, equipage, uniforms, and soldier life. The feisty White provides an important look at the 2nd regiment of U.S.S.S.--most other accounts of sharpshooters were by members of the 1st U.S.S.S. Virtually all aspects of soldier life are covered, from snowball battles to burials. This book is sure to become one of the most important sources not only on Berdan's Sharpshooters but also on the Army of the Potomac.

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Civil War Chief of Sharpshooters Hiram Berdan Military Commander and Firearms Inventor: by Roy M. Marcot    Northwood Heritage Press, 1989.





Letters from a Sharpshooter : The Civil War Letters of William B. Greene, Co. G 2nd United States Sharpshooters (Berdan's) Army of the Potomac 1861-1865
by William H. Hastings, William B. Greene

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Vermont Riflemen in the War for the Union-A History of Company F: by William Y.W. Ripley  Rutland: Tuttle & Co. 1883. Reprinted by Grand Army Press, 1981

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Vermont Riflemen in the War for the Union-A History of Company F: by William Y.W. Ripley  Rutland: Tuttle & Co. 1883.

This copy SIGNED by the author and inscribed as a gift to Colonel Wheelock (W. G.) Veazey, who commanded the 16th Vermont at Cemetery Hill. Both are Medal of Honor Winners.

Rank and organization
: Lieutenant Colonel, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters.
Place and date: At Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862.
Entered service at: Rutland, Vt.
Birth: Dec. 31, 1832
Death: Nov. 16, 1905
Burial:Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Rutland County Vermont, USA
Plot: Block 27, Lot 22
Date of issue: 11 March 1893.
Citation: At a critical moment brought up two regiments, which he led against the enemy himself, being severely wounded.

Rank and organization: Colonel, 16th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863.
Entered service at: Springfield, Vt. Born: 5 December 1835, Brentwood, N.H
Birth: Dec. 5, 1835
Death: Mar. 22, 1898
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington County)
Arlington County Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Grave 1026
Date of issue: 8 September 1891.
Citation: Rapidly assembled his regiment and charged the enemy's flank; charged front under heavy fire, and charged and destroyed a Confederate brigade, all this with new troops in their first battle.

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Memoirs of a Swiss Officer in the American Civil War: by
Rudolf Aschmann 
Three Years In The Army Of The Potomac.

This book has the updated version of the Introduction.
Edited and Introduced by Heinz K. Meier

Bern (Switzerland): Herbert Lang & Co, Ltd. 1972


COLT RIFLES & MUSKETS From 1847 to 1870
Hardbound--184 pp.
Respected author and former curator of the Cody Firearms Museum Houze ably tackles here a subject often overlooked in firearms literature and by collectors, too--19th century Colt longarms. This scholarly work covers the revolving rifles and carbines that Colt is remembered for today--including the Model 1855s used by Berdan's Sharpshooters in the Civil War--as well as the Model 1861 Special Rifle Muskets and the less well-known alterations to other makers' rifles and muskets.
A number of interesting and scarce breechloaders, invented by the likes of Hiram Berdan and E.K. Root, are given excellent treatment. The prolific illustrations are of very good quality, and a number of period documents and patent drawings are reproduced in the book as well.

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Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles By Earl Coates & John McAulay
Increase the value of your Sharps rifle or carbine by identifying the soldier who carried it. If your Sharps has a serial number, this book will likely tell you what soldier used it in the Civil War. It traces the history and development of Sharps rifles and carbines and contains short histories of a number of regiments that carried them. Softcover, 120 pages, 8.5 x 11

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Civil War Time Illustrated.....May 1976 Volume XV Number 2. Sharpshooting with Berdan. by William C. Kent, eyewitness account of the Seven Days' Battle.







CW Times Illus 1 (Feb 1963): pp. 14-19

Kurtz, Henry I. "Berdan's Sharpshooters..."
(6 pages). Volume 1 number 10 ---Stuart--The Calveryman's Calveryman



Pindell, Richard. "The Most Dangerous Set of Men." CW Times Illus 32 (Jul/Aug 1993):pp. 42-50 & 52-53 (11 pages). Volume XXXIII Number 3


Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War
by Don Troiani, Earl J. Coates, Michael J. McAfee

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Autographed Copies will be available from:

Gettysburg Magazine "Volume 1" 1989

"Berdan's Sharpshooters at Gettysburg" by Roy Marcot.



Sharpshooters of the American Civil War 1861-65

Author: Philip Katcher
Illustrator: Stephen Walsh




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