1862, The long awaited arrival of the .52 caliber Sharp’s model 1859 breech loading rifles comes to the camp of instruction in Washington.
Many of the North’s best marksmen competed to be part of these new skirmishing regiments, commanded by Colonel Hiram Berdan, the breech loading rifle’s inventor. Dressed in green, they would act much in the model of Prussian Light Infantry.
Berdan’s Sharpshooters would take part in many of the battles of the Eastern theater.
The uniform: Dark Green coat and cap, light blue trousers, later made green, leather leggings, Calfskin knapsack and cooking utensils.
Here the soldier has the breech of his rifle open and is reaching to his cartridge pouch for another .52 caliber linen cartridge for his next shot.