2nd United States Sharpshooters

The 2nd United States Sharpshooters was a sharpshooter regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. From 1861 to January 1863 they were members of the "First Iron Brigade" also known as the "Iron Brigade of the East".

2nd United States Sharpshooters
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ActiveSeptember 1861 to December 31, 1864
CountryUnited States
EquipmentSharps Rifle
Peninsular Campaign
Second Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg


The 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters was raised as follows:

The 2nd and the 1st United States Volunteer Sharpshooter Regiment were consolidated on December 31, 1864, and the regiment was broken up on February 20, 1865, and the remaining companies distributed as follows:

Total strength and casualtiesEdit

The regiment suffered 8 officers and 117 enlisted men who were killed in action or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 123 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 250 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Hiram Berdan in 1861
  • Colonel Henry A.V. Post from January 1, 1862, to November 16, 1862
  • Colonel Hiram Berdan from November 16, 1862, until 1864
  • Colonel Homer R. Stoughton Jan 19, 1864.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Thomas Yoseloff (1959). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. Vol. 3. New York.