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Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

 

Commanding Officer on the Antietam Campaign:
  Capt. William F. Russell

 

Arms:
   Sharps Rifle

 

This Detachment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Second (II) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, II Corps
  Brigade - 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps


Unit history

Organized in St. Paul from November 1861 to March 1862, they mustered for Federal service on 20 March. Temporarily attached as Company L to the First United States Sharpshooters in May 1862, afterwards served attached to the First Minnesota Infantry.

On the Antietam Campaign

The Company lost 22 men wounded (one of them mortally, one captured), more than half their number, in about 10 minutes at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

Statistics

Initial Strength: 42; Wounded (WIA): 22; Captured (POW): 1;
Losses, % of Initial Strength: 54.8%

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Battlefield Tablets for this Unit

Tablet #35: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 7 AM to 15 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #115: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #116: Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #36: Sedgwick's Division, Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #37: Gorman's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM

After the Antietam Campaign

The First Minnesota returned home and mustered out in February 1864, but the Sharpshooters, known as Company L, continued in field service until mustered out 19 March 1865.

We have 23 individuals who were on the Maryland Campaign in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
--PvtBancroft, George W.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtBenton, James Van HornWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--SgtBillings, Myron ElmoreWIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--PvtBorden, Daniel B.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtChamberlain, James WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtCoates, John ThurberWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtColeman, Wilber M.WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--PvtDahle, Jens TorkelsonWIA   09/14     We have some details for this person
--CorpDwelle, Gad MerrillWIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--CorpEldredge, Charles R.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtFingalson, Fingal WIA   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--SgtFitzsimmons, Louis WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtLockrem, Endre WIA/POW   09/17     We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
--PvtMosier, Norman WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtOusten, Siver WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtQuie, Halvor H.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--CaptRussell, William F.        We have some details for this person
--PvtRyan, Edward MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtScott, William WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtSteffes, Anthony WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--SgtUnderwood, Adoniram JudsonWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtWidstrand, Charles T.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
--PvtWilson, Andrew J.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person

 

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