Dec 14

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is the host for our program on Berdan’s Sharpshooters. He is standing by the stone wall behind which members of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters and Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment (marker in the foreground) fired on Confederates from Oates’ Alabama Brigade. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is our host for a series on the 2nd United States Sharpshooters. Gar is a retired police officer from Columbus, Ohio (25 years on the force), and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2006. He still lives in Ohio. Gar’s first visit to Gettysburg was 25 years ago and he was “hooked.” He had to come back every year on what his wife called Gar’s “Annual Mecca to Gettysburg.”

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In our first post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips introduces us to the series on the 2nd United States Sharpshooters and shows where they were first deployed at Gettysburg.

In our second post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips provides some background of the qualifications to be a sharpshooter and shows us their targets (10 inches in diameter) at 100 yards and 200 yards.

In the third United States Sharpshooters’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips showed the positions of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters along the Slyder Lane.

In the fourth United States Sharpshooters’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips showed how the 2nd United States Sharpshooters retreated from the Slyder Lane to the Round Tops.

In the today’s United States Sharpshooters’ post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips shows where some Sharpshooters joined the 20th Maine, and the monument to Michigan Sharpshooters on Little Round Top.

This map shows the location of where our United States Sharpshooters videos were produced. Videos #1-#12 were shown in our previous Sharpshooter posts. Video #13 was taken near the marker to Company B, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment. Video #14 was taken on Little Round Top by the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument. This map was created facing north at approximately 12:20 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing along the stone wall near the marker to Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment. Members of Company B, 20th Maine and of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters were positioned here on July 2, 1863. They fired into the rank flank of Alabamians who had attacked the rest of the 20th Maine Infantry on “Vincent’s Spur.” This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

In Video #13 (Videos #1-#12 were shown in our previous posts, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips shows the position of Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment and a dozen members of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters on July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing south to southeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing by the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument on the west slope of Little Round Top. In the right background is the monument to the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

In Video #14 Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips is standing on the west slope of Little Round Top by the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument. He explains where the text for the 2nd United States Sharpshooters is located on the monument. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

A closer view of Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips and the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument, erected to those members from Michigan who belonged to the 1st and 2nd United States Sharpshooters. This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

The south side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument. This image was taken facing north at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

A view of the text on the south side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument, which mentions Company I, 1st United States Sharpshooters. This image was taken facing north at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

A sunset view of the text on the front (west) side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument, which mentions Company G, 1st United States Sharpshooters. A portion of the monument to the 44th New York Infantry Regiment is visible in the right background. This image was taken facing east at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

The Michigan State Seal on the front (west) side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument. This image was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

The text on the north side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument does mention Company B, 2nd United States Sharpshooters. This image was taken facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

The back (east) side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument. Part of the Slaughter Pen area is visible to the left of the monument. The Devil’s Den/Houck’s Ridge area is visible to the right of the monument. This image was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

A view of the text on the east side of the Michigan Sharpshooters Monument, which mentions Company K, 1st United States Sharpshooters. This image was taken facing west at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Gar Phillips is standing on the west slope of Little Round Top below the monument to the 44th New York Infantry Regiment. This image was taken facing east at approximately 5:30 PM on Friday, September 30, 2011.
A short, easy to read book on Berdan’s Sharpshooters is Roy M. Marcot’s U. S. Sharpshooters: Berdan’s Civil War Elite from Stackpole Books.
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Gar Phillips quotes from Wyman S. White’s Diary. The complete diary covers many of the eastern theater battles from the beginning of the war, except for South Mountain and Antietam.

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