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Birge's Western Sharpshooters

Our very own John Walsh talks about Birge's Western Sharpshooters - A write up for John's presentation for the National park Service can be found here.


(Excerpt: This Union regiment was originally organized as "Birge's Western Sharpshooters" in St. Louis but was mustered in officially as the 14th Missouri Infantry Regiment on November 23, 1861. On February 4, 1862, the sharpshooters received orders to join General Grant's army for the invasion of Tennessee. The soldiers in this regiment had a distinctive appearance, armament, and mission. Each recruit was a selected expert shooter, wearing a squirrel's tail died black in his gray felt cap. Each man carried a long-range Dimmick hunting rifle.)

There is no better place to purchase collectibles than from John and Nicki Walsh at Fort Donelson Civil War Relics. They have been a long time supporter of OHP. If you need anything, visit their site first or give them a call.