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2nd United States Sharpshooters
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Active September 1861 to December 31, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Equipment Sharps Rifle
Peninsular Campaign
Second Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg

The 2nd United States Sharpshooters was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. From 1861 to January 1863 they were members of the "First Iron Brigade" also known as the "Iron Brigade of the East".


The 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters was raised as follows:

  • Company "A" in Minnesota on October 5, 1861.
  • Company "B" in Michigan on October 4, 1861.
  • Company "C" in Pennsylvania on October 4, 1861.
  • Company "D" in Maine on November 2, 1861.
  • Company "E" in Vermont on November 9, 1861.
  • Company "F" in New Hampshire on November 28, 1861.
  • Company "G" in New Hampshire on December 10, 1861.
  • Company "H" in Vermont on December 31, 1861.

The 2nd and the 1st United States Volunteer Sharpshooter Regiment were consolidated on December 31, 1864 and the regiment was broken up on February 20, 1865 and the remaining companies distributed as follows:

Total strength and casualties

The regiment suffered 8 officers and 110 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 123 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 250 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Hiram Berdan in 1861
  • Colonel Henry A V Post from January 1, 1862 to November 16, 1862
  • Colonel Hiram Berdan from November 16, 1862 until 1864

See also



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