The Massachusetts Andrew Sharpshooters
A Civil War History and Roster
About the Book
Named for Massachusetts governor John Albion Andrew—who prevented these two companies from joining the nationalized Berdan’s sharp-shooters so that their families could continue to receive state aid—the Andrew Sharpshooters often transferred from unit to unit as the need for their unique, long-range shooting skills changed.
This first chronicle of the Massachusetts Andrew Sharpshooters details their day-to-day activities and their courageous service at Seven Pines, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and numerous other Civil War battles. Thorough historical and genealogical information on every man who served in the unit completes this study of these significant but overlooked foot soldiers.
About the Author(s)
Alden C. Ellis, Jr.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 76 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
PART I: THE FIRST COMPANY OF ANDREW SHARPSHOOTERS
1. Goodbye Lynnfield 7
2. Intrepid, Eye in the Sky 17
3. Dig or Die 28
4. “Hell of Antietam” 35
5. Prestige Restored 46
6. Arduous Trek to Gettysburg 54
7. Strange Fruit on Trees 68
8. Death of a Dueling Sharpshooter 82
PART II: THE SECOND COMPANY OF ANDREW SHARPSHOOTERS
9. Basil Hall’s Farm for Winter Quarters 93
10. Shell Shocked 105
11. Horses in the Shade, Soldiers in the Sun 114
12. The Rifle or the Cell 124
13. Day of Thanksgiving, but No Food 146
14. Seventy-seven Held Longstreet 167
15. “Stuck in the Mud March” 179
16. Breakfast with Rebels 189
First Company Biographical Roster 211
Second Company Biographical Roster 235
Book Reviews & Awards
“I heartily recommend Alden (Tom) Ellis’ The Massachusetts Andrew Sharpshooters to all scholars of the civil war. It is an eminently educational and enjoyable book that relates on a personal level the trials, tribulations and courage of the sharpshooters of the 1st & 2nd Co.’s of Massachusetts Sharpshooters, organized at the behest of Gov. John Andrews by Cpt. Jack Saunders in 1861. The book and Tom’s presentation to our Civil War Roundtable of Central Massachusetts were fascinating.”—Bob Carlson, President of CWRTCM.