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Company E, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters
Companies F & G, 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters

"New Hampshire Sharpshooters"


The monument to the New Hampshire Sharpshooters is south of Gettysburg on Hancock Avenue (39.808079° N, 77.23618° W; map) It was dedicated in 1886 by the State of New Hampshire.



From the monument:


New Hampshire
Cos. E, 1st Reg, F & G, 2nd Reg.
Berdan's U.S. Sharpshooters.
2d Brig, 1st Div, 3d Corps.
July 3, 1863


Col. Hiram Berdan's two regiments of sharpshooters were unique in the Union army, using different uniforms, weapons, equipment and tactics from the "line units". Although operating as United States Army units, each company within the regiments was formed of recruits from a single state. After the war the states (Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin) erected monuments to their respective companies.


The 1st Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Berdan until he took command of the brigade. Lieutenant Colonel Casper Trepp then took over. The regiment brought 371 men to the field and lost 6 killed, 37 wounded and 6 missing.


The 2nd Regiment was commanded by Homer R. Stoughton. It brought 204 men to the field and lost 5 killed, 23 wounded and 15 missing.

New Hampshire Sharpshooters monument at Gettysburg
(above) Monument to the New Hampshire Sharpshooters on the Civil War batlefield of Gettysburg - enlarge
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