Pvt. Ternan and 1st Sgt. Koepp spent the afternoon improving their marksmanship and having fun with their Sharps rifles. While still far from meeting the original Berdan qualifying requirements, overall marksmanship seemed better the further back the target went. Pvt. Ternan shot consistently and had better accuracy than the 1st Sgt.
Early mornings made for long days this weekend at Union Gap. The company was up at 4 a.m. Saturday to send Capt. Sturgill and 1st Sgt. Koepp off to help feed the Battalion pancakes for breakfast and help with clean up. Saturday afternoon, Company D did a full run of their target shooting range attracting curious public and battalion staff. Before Sunday morning's battle the Sharpshooters were requested to accompany the battalion Sgt. Major in working with the public. Company D speed shooting competitions continued with Pvt. Coffee now firing 3 palmed rounds in only 50 seconds! In the competition for first to shoot to fire three rounds from the cartridge box, Pvt. Siler came out the fastest in the company. For timed speed, 1st Sgt. Koepp fired three rounds in 33 seconds.
Company D, were leaders in the battalion all weekend. By unanimous decision, Co. D will be color guard for the rest of the season. Under Capt. Sturgill's leadership, the sharpshooters showed how the color guard can actively rally the troops and provide a heavy rate of fire. It is our goal to restore the color guard's tradition of honor and prestige within the battalion. After suffering a massive defeat from the Confederates, Capt. Sturgill and Pvt. Whitehall made a valiant and successful dash to preserve the colors from capture!
Captain Ethan Whitehall: email@example.com
Wambaugh & White
Dell's Leather Works
VTI gun parts
Dixie Gun Works
Washington Civil War Association
Happy Friends of Civil War Farb
Company C Berdan Sharpshooters
WCWA Safety Test
Company D Standing Orders
Company D Drill Guide
Special thanks to the archivists at the Maine State Archives for all their research help.
April 27-29. School of the Soldier. Central Washington Ag Museum. Union Gap, WA