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in the Civil War
|First Company Sharpshooters. — Capts., Francis Peteler,
Benedict Hippler, Dudley P. Chase, Abraham Wright, James E. Doughty,
Owen Evans; First Lieuts., Benedict Hippler, Dudley P. Chase, James E.
Doughty, Abraham Wright, Owen Evans, John T. Walker; Second Lieuts.,
Dudley P. Chase, Owen Evans, James Doughty. This company was organized
in the summer of 1861 and was mustered in Oct. 5. It left the state the
next day and reported to Col. Berdan at Washington, being made Co. A of
the 2nd U. S. sharpshooters. The organization of the regiment was
completed Feb. 10, 1862, Capt. Peteler of Co. A became
lieutenant-colonel, Lieut. Hippler succeeded him as captain. The
regiment was assigned to Auger's brigade, King's division, McDowell's
corps. The history of Co. A is closely identified with that of the
regiment and must be treated so in a general way, with special notations
in reference to the company. The regiment moved to Fredericksburg in May
and in a railroad collision near White Plains, several members of Co. A
were among the injured. Cos. A and C made a reconnaissance toward Orange
Court House in July and broke a charge by their promptness in action.
The company participated in skirmishes near Rappahannock Station and
Warrenton springs and at the second battle of Bull Run, in which 6 men
of the company were captured. It was at the battle of South mountain,
and at the battle of Antietam Capt. Chase and 10 men of Co. A were
wounded. It fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and in the
battle of Gettysburg, where it aided in saving Little Round top and in
breaking Pickett's charge, and was ordered to the skirmish line in the
advance on Culpeper Court House. Nearly all of Co. A reenlisted in
December. It was engaged almost day and night during the first half of
May, 1864, in skirmish and picket duty from Brandy Station toward
Petersburg. It was in action at Spottsylvania Court House, the Po river,
the North Anna, near Hanover Court House, Wilcox landing, and before
Petersburg. When the regiment disbanded in Feb., 1865, Co. A was
transferred to the 1st Minn. battalion, with which it was mustered out.
The original strength of company was 96; gain by recruits 12; total 108.
Loss by death 13, discharge 36, mustered out 59.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4