From U.S. Sharpshooter's Berdan's Civil War Elite, Sharpshooters were issued:
A Sharpshooter may also have personal items such as:
The unique uniforms of Sharpshooter uniforms also created strains in maintaining uniformity.
As early as December 1862, a reviewing officer reported that they were perfect slouches and slovens in appearance [of whom] no two are uniformed alike." By March 1864, Major Mattocks, commanding the 1st USSS commented, "they are clothed in every shape, and present anything but a martial appearance." (Katcher 2002)
"Since resupply was often sacnt, it is easy to understand that the soldiers would take what they could from the slain. The Sharpshooters were no different, and between resupply issues, they would take whatever uniforms or accouterments were handy, green or otherwise." (Marcot 2007)
Issued Sharpshooter Equipment
2/6/2023 06:53:54 pm
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2nd USSS, Co. D