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Sharpshooters, Company D
in the Civil War
|Company D, Second U. S. Sharpshooters This company was organized
at Augusta, Nov. 2, 1861, to serve for three years. The secretary of war had requested the
governor to contribute a company of rifle sharpshooters to the general government and the
men were selected with great care. James D. Fessenden of Portland superintended the
formation of the company, and went out as captain. It left the state for Washington Nov.
13, 1861, and was assigned to Col. Berdan's regiment, the 2nd U. S. sharpshooters, until
Feb. 18, 1865, when the surviving reenlisted members thereof were transferred to the 17th
Me. infantry (q. v.). During its term of service it shared in many important battles and
skirmishes, including the second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg and all the battles of the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac in 1864.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1