Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Author: Martin Pegler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472815939
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At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute – more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket or the .56-56-caliber Spencer Repeating Rifle. Conversely, the Confederacy favoured the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters and also imported from Britain the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.

Sharpshooting in the Civil War

Author: Major John Plaster
Publisher: Paladin Press
ISBN: 9781581607031
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Here is the single greatest volume ever published about Civil War sharpshooting, from the expert perspective of world-renowned sniping and shooting authority John L. Plaster. Comprehensive in scope, this book details how sharpshooters were recruited, trained, and organized. Plaster fully explores their armaments, their tactics and techniques, and how they operated (sometimes decisively) in battle. Discover dozens of accomplished and colorful but forgotten sharpshooters who, until now, had faded into the past. Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated, these pages contain more than 160 rare photos, along with original artwork. Excerpted from Plaster's epic History of Sniping and Sharpshooting, this book is a must-have for historians, reenactors, and students of the American Civil War.

The Second United States Sharpshooters in the Civil War

Author: Gerald L. Earley
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786453028
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Second United States Sharpshooters was a hodgepodge regiment, composed of companies raised in several New England states. The regiment was trained for a specific mission and armed with specially ordered breech-loading target rifles. This book covers the origin, recruitment, training, and battle record of the regiment and features 32 photographs, four battlefield maps, and a regimental roster.

Civil War Diary of Chauncey N Brown

Author: Chauncey N. Brown
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1514413094
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This is a simple record of a union soldier who volunteered to fight in the War between the States. It is not about tactics or strategy but about daily movements and simple camp life, a man from Syracuse, New York, doing his duty and fighting for a cause.

The Civil War Soldier

Author: Larry M. Logue
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814798799
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An anthology of twenty-seven selections combines nineteenth-century battlefield accounts of the Civil War with past and contemporary scholarship to offer a broad perspective on the soldiers' total experience.

The History Of Sniping And Sharpshooting

Author: John Plaster
Publisher: Paladin Press
ISBN: 9781581606324
Format: PDF
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Thirty-six months in combat. Twenty-four years as a sniping instructor. Twenty years of exhaustive research, including decades spent seeking out hundreds of historic volumes long out of print, test-firing historic firearms, walking Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields with a laser rangefinder, and visiting military museums in the United States and Europe. Only Major John Plaster, author of the highly acclaimed The Ultimate Sniper, has the background and knowledge to bring you this authoritative history of sniping and sharpshooting – the first such book from a combat rifleman's unique perspective. In The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting, John Plaster has assembled the most comprehensive combat history ever published on the subject. It begins in the 15th century, with the first use of "precision" musket fire in Europe and continues into the 21st century with the significant role sniping is playing the Iraq and Afghanistan and the global War on Terror. Detailing major engagements and minor skirmishes over five centuries of warfare, Plaster has unearthed hundreds of incidents where calculated precision rifle fire has changed the course of battles – and, sometimes, history. He fittingly addresses well-known sharpshooters and snipers – Hiram Berdan, Vasili Zaitsev, Carlos Hathcock – but also pays tribute to forgotten riflemen such as John Burns, Benjamin Forsyth and Arthur Wermuth, to name but a few. He also explains how the evolution of firearms and optical technology has intertwined with sniping on the battlefield and how it has influenced tactics, organizations, and capabilities – a subject that has never before been address adequately.

Stromschnellen

Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 349296186X
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Die sechzehnjährige Margo ist am Stark River aufgewachsen und hat zu Fluss und Natur ein sehr viel innigeres Verhältnis als zu den Menschen. Sie spricht wenig bis gar nicht, schwimmt wie ein Fisch und ist eine erstklassige Schützin. Zu ihrem Pech ist sie ungewöhnlich hübsch, und irgendwann geraten die Dinge deshalb außer Kontrolle. Margo flieht und vertraut sich dem Fluss an. Mit ihrem Ruderboot und einem geklauten Gewehr beginnt sie ein Vagabundenleben zu Wasser .... Ein großartiger Roman, in dem die moderne Schwester von Huckleberry Finn versucht, ihren Platz in einer Welt zu finden, auf die niemand sie vorbereitet hat. Nach einem von der Kritik schon hoch gelobten, für den National Book Award nominierten Band Kurzgeschichten gelang Bonnie Jo Campbell mit diesem Roman der literarische Durchbruch. „Bonnie Jo Campbells Menschen wirken so lebendig, als beobachte man sie durch ein offenes Fenster.“ Joyce Carol Oates

Grand Rapids and the Civil War

Author: Roger L. Rosentreter
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467119199
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Grand Rapids responded to President Abraham Lincoln's call for troops with passionate swiftness. Kent County men fought stubbornly on memorable battlefields like First Bull Run, Stones River and Gettysburg, as well as obscure places like Boonville, La Vergne and Mossy Creek. An affinity for cavalry earned Grand Rapids the moniker "Michigan's Horse Soldier City," while Valley City engineers designed and constructed spectacular railroad bridges throughout the South. Back home, the soldiers' mothers, wives and sisters faced the conflict's many challenges with patriotic doggedness. Dr. Roger L. Rosentreter chronicles how Grand Rapids citizens responded to wartime trials and tribulations while helping the North save the Union and end slavery.

New Hampshire in the Civil War

Author: Bruce D. Heald Ph.D.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 143962819X
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In the course of history, few human events have had so compelling an effect and left such a deep mark on the nation's soul as has the Civil War. New Hampshire in the Civil War presents a unique and concise pictorial chronicle of the state's volunteer regiments that served during the four very long and costly war years. This volume includes more than 200 vivid and accurate pictures depicting heroic battles scenes, maps, camp life, and more than 40 portraits of the men who served New Hampshire in battle. These chapters contain accounts of battles from the first bombardment of Fort Sumter to the sinking of the Alabama. Also included are glimpses of camp life, with its frying pan meals of "slosh" and the illnesses accompanied by "cold clammy sweat," and of the famous Libby Prison.

Sharpshooters

Author: Gary Yee
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612004873
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Casemate Short History Series presents readable and entertaining introductions to military history topics. Throughout history, the best marksmen in any military force have been employed as marksmen or sharpshooters, and equipped with the best available weapons. The German states made the first serious use of sharpshooters on the battlefield during the Seven Years’ War in the 18th century. Some of these talented riflemen were then employed as mercenaries in America, where the tactical use of the rifle in wooded terrain was valued. By the Revolutionary Wars, American riflemen were formidable, able to blend into the landscape and take out targets at long range. Their potential was noted by the British who began to train rifle units; during the Napoleonic Wars, the Green Jackets were the elite of the British army. The mid-19th century saw the development of optical sights, meaning that the units of sharpshooters raised in the Civil War were even more lethal. The accuracy of German sniper fire in the trenches in World War I provoked the British Army to create sniper schools, manuals, and counter-sniping tactics. However, lessons were not learned and the outbreak of World War II saw almost all major powers unprepared for sniping or counter-sniping, meaning that talented marksmen like Simö Häyhä were able to accrue massive scores. In this accessible introduction packed with firsthand accounts, sniping expert Gary Yee explores the history of the marksman, his weapons and tactics from the flintlock era through to the present day.