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    [Berdan's Sharpshooters]. Archive of Documents Relating to the Elite Unit. Superb collection of muster rolls, discharge papers, period newspapers, reports and other documents related to Col. Hiram Berdan's famed unit of elite Union infantry, trained to pick off high-profile targets from a distance.

    Included in the archive is the muster-in roll of Captain Edmund Weston's F Company of the 1st Regiment, dated September 13, 1861, and two muster-out rolls of the same company, one naming Charles D. Merriman as captain. Captain Weston resigned in 1862. The "Remarks" section of the muster rolls are particularly interesting, as they offer a glimpse of the perils faced by the company. The 1862 muster-out states that Private John Hart died between Norristown and Washington, while the later roll mentions several soldiers were wounded in battles at Kellys Ford, Locust Grove and the Battle of the Wilderness. All muster rolls document Col. Berdan as commander of the volunteers.

    Also contained in this selection are an inventory report, lists of stores, statements of ordinance, a copy of a certified letter detailing the wounding of Private S. Williams, and the loss of his weapon in action, and six sets of discharge papers for privates serving in Captain Edward Drew's G Company, Captain Tuckerman's D Company of the First Regiment, as well as Companies D and K of the Second regiment.

    The final portion of the archive is comprised of two issues of Harper's Weekly, dated August 2, and November 15, 1862, each featuring an engraving of one of Berdan's Sharpshooters, including the famous private, Truman Head, or "California Joe", as he was nicknamed due to his years spent in California as a trapper.

    Condition: All documents lightly to moderately toned. The muster-lists and discharge papers are especially fragile, with soiling, deep creases, and partial separation at many of the folds.


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