1st Regiment United States Sharpshooters, Company F
The monument to the Vermont’s Company F, First United States Sharpshooters is southwest of Gettysburg on Berdan Avenue, just off West Confederate Avenue. (West Confederate Ave. Pt. 4 tour map)
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 1st Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel Berdan until he took command of the brigade. Lieutenant Colonel Casper Trepp then took over. The regiment brought 371 men to the field and lost 6 killed, 37 wounded and 6 missing.
From the front of the monument:
The State of Vermont
to the officers and men of
1st U.S. Sharpshooters
2nd Brig. 1st. Div. 3rd Corps.
From the left side:
Engaged at this point
on the morning of July 2, 1863
and on Cemetery Ridge July 3.
Also on the skimish line July 4.
Present for duty 44.
From the right side:
1st U.S. Sharpshooters.
Organized in Vermont in 1861;
assigned to the 5th Corps in 1862;
to the 3rd Corps in 1863;
and to the 2nd Corps in 1864.
Yorktown, Antietam, Wilderness,
Hanover C.H., Fredericksburg, Todd’s Tavern,
Mechanicsville, Chancellorsville, Spottsylvania
Gaines’s Mill, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor,
Malvern Hill, Kelly’s Ford, Petersburg,
Second Bull Run, Locust Grove, Weldon R.R.
and many other minor engagements.
Total number of men enlisted 177.
Killed 32, wounded 45, total 77.
Company F is also honored by a monument at Antietam
The monument to the Vermont Sharpshooters, Company F is southwest of Gettysburg on Berdan Avenue, a short spur off West Confederate Avenue about 1.7 miles south of Fairfield Road/West Middle Street.(39°48’29.2″N 77°15’25.6″W)