Sharpshooting in the Civil War

by Maj. John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret.)


166 pages, 8.5" x 11"
photos, illust.

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Here is the single greatest volume ever published about Civil War sharpshooting, from the expert perspective of world-renowned sniping and shooting authority John L. Plaster.

Comprehensive in scope, this book details how sharpshooters were recruited, trained, and organized. Plaster fully explores their armaments, their tactics and techniques, and how they operated (sometimes decisively) in battle. Discover dozens of accomplished and colorful but forgotten sharpshooters who, until now, had faded into the past.

Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated, these pages contain more than 160 rare photos, along with original artwork.

Excerpted from Plaster's epic The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting, this book is a must-have for historians, reenactors, and students of the American Civil War.
Major John L. Plaster served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired from the U.S. Army as a major.
1) Organizing for War
- Sharpshooters of the Confederacy
- Sharpshooters of the Union
2) Sharpshooter Weapons and Tactics
- Confederate Sharpshooter Weapons and Equipment
- Union Sharpshooter Weapons and Equipment
- Sharpshooter Tactics and Techniques
3) Sharpshooters in Battle
- Bloody Days: Antietam and Fredericksburg
- Three Days at Gettysburg
- Vicksburg to the Bitter End