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Birge's western sharpshooters in the Civil War, 1861-1865

With the western sharpshooters, Michigan boys of Company D, 66th Illinions
Ren Barker
Books/Monographs/Book with Digital Images
English
Huntington, West Virginia : Blue Acorn Press, 1994
183 p.
new ed. with additional material
1885033028

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Originally published: 1905.

At head of title page: Military history (Michigan Boys) Company "D" 66th Illinois.

Cover title: With the western sharpshooters, Michigan boys of Company D, 66th Illinions

"Of all the regiments serving in Federal armies during the Civil War, the 66th Illinois was among the most unusual. Formed in St. Louis, Mo., during the fall of 1861 under the special patronage of General John C. Fremont, the 'Western Sharpshooters' were organized specifically for skirmish duty. The volunteers, officially designated the 14th Missouri Infantry, and later the 66th Illinois, came from a variety of states, primarily Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan. The enlisted men were armed with the Dimick American Deer and Target Rifle, a percussion longarm favored by target shooters and Plains hunters before the war. These were carried until late 1863, when the regiment's personnel began equipping themselves with the magazine- fed Henry Rifle, perhaps the most advanced rapid-fire weapon used in the war. After their service, very little information about the 'Western Shaprshooters' appeared in print--until 1905, when Lorenzo A. Barker published a history of the Michigan soldiers who comprised Company D. [The author]... has capsulized the service of every officer and man in his company, and their participation in such engagements as Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth and the battles of the Atlanta Campaign"--Book jacket.

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