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 Harrison DeLong

Harrison DeLong

Barrington, Yates County, New York, USA
Death 11 Nov 1894 (aged 52)
Hopkins, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Burial Wayne Village, Schuyler County, New York, USA
Plot Section 1-E
Memorial ID 56535977 · View Source
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Veteran Civil War
PVT Co. B (CO Captain Stephen Martin, New York), U.S. Volunteers, 1st Sharp Shooter Regiment (Berdan's US Sharpshooters)

Company "B" was organized at Albany, New York in September 1861.

The 1st United States Sharpshooters were an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. During battle, the mission of the sharpshooter was to kill enemy targets of importance (i.e., officers and NCOs) at long range.

The first regiment of volunteers began service in late November 1861. During their service, they fought in every Eastern battle up until autumn of 1864. During their tour, the Sharpshooters were noted for efficient service in the battles of Yorktown, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Spotsylvania and Petersburg.

Hiram C. Berdan was the founder of the Sharpshooters. Berdan was born in the town of Phelps, New York, on September 6, 1824. Not only was Berdan a military officer in the Civil War and creator of the Sharpshooters regiment, he was also an American mechanical engineer and creative inventor.

During the Civil War, regiments were usually composed of companies all from the same state. On the other hand, due to the strict qualifications and special skills in order to become a member of the Sharpshooters, each regiment was assembled of companies from various different Union states.

Berdan began recruiting men for the first Sharpshooter regiment in 1861. He recruited men from New York City and Albany and from the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan and Wisconsin. The volunteer recruits had to pass a rifle test in order to qualify to be a member of the Sharpshooters. Each man had to be able to place ten shots in a circle of 10 inches (250 mm) in diameter from 200 yards (180 m) away. They were able to choose a rifle and position of their preference for the test. A man eligible to be a Sharpshooter had to possess a keen eye, steady hands, and a great deal of training and skill with a rifle. In addition to that, for a man to be a Sharpshooter, it took cool nerves in order to be able to estimate their target carefully, determine the high trajectory needed, and to consider the effect of wind.

Source: Wikipedia

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NOV. 11, 1894
AGED 52 YRS. 11 MS.
APR. 15, 1897
52 YRS. 8 MOS.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 56535977
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harrison DeLong (11 Dec 1841–11 Nov 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56535977, citing Wayne Village Cemetery, Wayne Village, Schuyler County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Buddy Leech (contributor 48703475) .