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Author:  Raven [ Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:39 am ]
Post subject:  Hello


My name is Jay Strite. I own Ravens Roost Gunsmithing in Gatesville Texas, a shop specializing in 19th century firearms. I am also a gunsmithing instructor for the gunsmithing program at Lassen College in Susanville California and an avid gunsmith historian.
The reason I have joined your forum is that I have several questions for the membership.

I was reading the post "1st Sgt Givin Target Rifles" and found an interesting quote in one of Bill Skillman's replies

"One of the first men struck was James Heath of Michigan, who carried a 34 pound telescope rifle, the heaviest in the regiment, and which, as he went down, fell with a heavy blow in the middle of the road. This rifle was immediately turned over to James Ragin, of Wisconsin, who was sent to the rear by Capt. Wilson, to put it in thorough repair before attemptingto use it..."

my questions are
Did the Berdan Sharpshooters have dedicated gunsmiths attached?
If so what uniforms did they wear? Berdan green? Ordinance?

I am also interested in any info on gunsmiths associated with sharpshooter units.

Jay Strite

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