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"There is no shortage of books relating to sharpshooters, snipers and sniping; however, none to date is as comprehensive as CMH member Gary Yee's new work relating to the era of black powder sharpshooters. Readers and researchers approach new works in differing modes depending on their personal interests and styles - some will look first at the table of contents, others will look at the index for their favorite topic and turn to that section, others will view the bibliography to determine the scope and credibility of the auther's research; some readers will start reading from the first page of text. No matter where one may start or search in SHARPSHOOTERS, and whether the reader's personal interest is in the weapons, the men, the tactics or the uniforms; he or she will find the book to be both interesting and educational.

SHARPSHOOTERS (1750-1900) The Men, Their Guns, Their Story has been sponsored by the CMH, which is not an easily achieved accomplish-ment. The book is well researched and presents its information in a style that can be understood by newcomers to the field and appreciated by veteran collectors, shooters, and students of sharpshooting or military history. Many books relating to historic arms are written by persons that have little or no hands-on experience with the weapons, how they functioned, and their limitations and potential. Gary Yee is one of a limited number of writers with experience in handling and using the firearms that he writes about and he presents his findings in a clear manner. The knowledgeable reader will thus not be frustrated by accounts of impossible feats of sharpshooting legerdemain, nor will the less experienced reader encounter cryptic jargon or unfathomable technical material.

While much of the text covers the Civil War sharpshooters, there is plenty of material on the early days of black powder marksmanship, and both the Revolutionary War and post-Civil War eras are adequately covered. One chapter covers Marksmanship Afloat and others cover sharpshooting in the American West and the Boer War of 1900-1902. The often-cited, yet fictional tale of the "Mile Long Shot" that allegedly killed a Confederate general is included to debunk that constantly-recycled myth.

In 1860, Major-Commandant John Boucher of the South London Rifle Battalion mused that when choosing between a muzzle loader and a breech loader "the primary consideration for a rifleman" should be "the power of doing the greatest amount of injury with the same quanitity of ammunition at the greatest possible distance..." SHARPSHOOTERS covers the marksmen and their chosen arms and their ability to "do injury" at the greatest possible distance and includes many "new" personal accounts that the reader will find refreshing and informational. There are a number of wonderful first person accounts from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras as well as fresh material relating to later eras, particularly the sharpshooters, arms, tactics and engagements of the American Civil War.

At 856 pages, SHARPSHOOTERS is a lengthy book, yet pleasingly so for the reader that appreciates rich subject matter. The cloth binding seems sturdy enough to stand up to those readers and researchers that use their reference books frequently as this will surely be a much-visited book for many. While comprehensive in the overall coverage of sharpshooting during the black powder era and the earliest years of smokeless powder sharpshooting, the book does not cover all incidents of sharpshooting in every war of the 18th and 19th centuries and it was not intended to do so. This is a rich history of the rise and acceptance of marksmanship and the employment of rifles in specialized roles. All of the campaigns in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War are covered as are many engagements of the Napoleonic era, the Texas War for Independence, the French actions in Algeria, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. One of the final charpters covers the american West, the Russo-Turkish War, the Spanish American War and the second Boer War.

The chapter "Guns of the Sharpshooters" describes most of the rifles mentioned in the book to include the early Germanic/Jaeger rifles, the Ferguson, the Pattern 1776 British rifle, the Baker, the American Longrifle, the Springfield and Enfield rifle muskets, Enfield and Harpers Ferry rifles, the Sharps, Spencer and Henry rifles, the sporting rifles and target rifles and telescopes employed by Civil War sharpshooters, and the legendary Whitworth and Kerr rifles. The arms are illustrated with photographs and some line drawings; however, the quality of some of the photos does not do justice to Yee's writing, and the finite details so savored by many arms buffs are not visible. That may well be due to the quality of the photos that were supplied to the author. A piece identified as an Enfield rifle is actually a cut down rifle musket, possibly misidentified by the originating photographer. The few items mentioned are trivial when weighed against the rest of this fine book; it was not intended to be a picture book.

This is an excellent book that should be in the library of every student of American Military History. It is an essential work for any student of sharpshooting as well as for the collector or shooter of the arms that were used by the sharpshooters of 1750-1900. SHARPSHOOTERS 1750-1900 will become a classic - it truly is the story of the men and their guns."

      Bill Adams, Company of Military Historians


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