Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Berdan's Sharpshooters-- Part 7: Engagements
Berdan's Sharpshooters saw action at the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862. There, in just ten minutes, they wrecked the Confederate 1st Richmond Howitzers regiment.
Again, they were prominent at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 at the Cornfield, but with heavy losses where the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters had 13 officers killed and wounded and 54 enlisted men killed, wounded or missing.
What probably was the Sharpshooters' defining moment came at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, during Longstreet's advance at the Little Round Top.
This was Hiram Berdan's last time with his group as he was promoted to division command and a year later resigned. That December, 1863, the two regiments were merged, but never again used in the role for which they were created.