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The monument to Company D, 2nd United States Sharpshooters (the Maine Sharpshooters) is south of Gettysburg on the road to the Slyder farm. (Tour map: Bushman Hill & Slyder Farm)

Col. Hiram Berdan’s two regiments of sharpshooters were unique in the Union army, using different uniforms, weapons, equipment and tactics from the “line units”. Although operating as United States Army units, each company within the regiments was formed of recruits from a single state. After the war the states (Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin) erected monuments to their respective companies.

The Maine Sharpshooters were attached to the 2nd Regiment of United States Sharpshooters,  2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps.

The 2nd Regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Homer R. Stoughton. It brought 204 men to the field and lost 5 killed, 23 wounded and 15 missing.

Monument to the Maine Sharpshooters at Gettysburg

From the monument:

Company D
Maine Volunteers
2nd U.S. Sharpshooters
July 2, 1863.
Killed – 1
Wounded – 5
Missing – 5

See more about the 2nd United States Sharpshooters in the Civil War.