Western Sharpshooter: The Historical Story Of Firearm Experts: Firearms Unit (Paperback)
During the American Civil War, sharpshooters saw limited action, as tacticians sought to avoid the heavy casualties inflicted through normal tactics, which involved close ranks of men at close ranges. The sharpshooters used by both sides in the Civil War were less used as snipers and more as skirmishers and scouts. These elite troops were well equipped and trained, and placed at the front of any column to first engage the enemy. Their battlefield role could be misunderstood, too. At the Battle of Mine Run, one sharpshooter company was ordered to conduct a bayonet charge, even though they were equipped with rifles that we're unable to take bayonets.
Here is their history, told by one of their own.
At Shiloh, Corinth, Atlanta, and on Sherman's great march, the Western Sharpshooters dispensed fifty caliber death at a thousand yards.
Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever.