--In the Civil War, a Texican fights for The Union at the Battles of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville--

Photo Above:  Union fortifications on Little Round Top

All Things That Matter Press
publishes THE SHARPSHOOTER 1862-1864

All photos on this site are original photos in the public domain.  These works were purchased in bulk from or downloaded from other sites offering historical photos in the public domain.  Aging Effects for some photos and maps were produced using

The maps of the Gettysburg battlefield were purchased from Hal Jespersen, whose maps often appear in Wikipedia entries concerning the Civil War.  These maps, along with Jespersen's maps of Chancellorsville, appear in the novel.

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Photo Above:  Body of a Confederate sharpshooter at Devil's Den below Little Round Top.

Colonel Hiram Berdan (photos above) was the founder and commander of the 1st and 2nd Regiments of the US Sharpshooters.  Prior to the war, he was a successful inventor and possibly the best rifle marksman in the nation. 

His command of the sharpshooters was seen by some as a bold, inventive venture. Others saw it as an exercise in self-aggrandizement, which unfortunately involved a serious aversion to front-line combat. 
He led the 1st USS in their advance on the second day of the battle at Gettysburg.  Uncharitably, his critics indicate this was the first and last time he led the sharpshooters into battle.  They indicate that he did so on this particular occasion only because General Meade, the Union commander at Gettysburg, sent an officer to accompany Berdan to observe how he performed in battle.

After the war, Berdan returned to his life as a wealthy and talented inventor.  He designed the Berdan Rifle, which was first produced by Colt. Later versions of the rifle were produced in Europe and used extensively in Czarist Russian and in Spain in the latter part of the 19th century.


Hal Jespersen created the battlefield maps for Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Catherine Hawes created the map of the Unionists’ trek from Fredericksburg. The Berdan Sharpshooter’s recruitment poster is a scan of an original document in the Library of Congress collection. The author is responsible for the aging effects on these illustrations. Michael McIrvin and Marvin Wilson have my thanks for their assistance with editing. I thank my publisher, All Things That Matter Press, for this opportunity to share my work with others. Catherine Hawes has much more than my thanks for her encouragement, editing, and keen commentary as my work on this novel began and progressed.



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