Here is the single greatest volume ever published about Civil War sharpshooting, from the expert perspective of world-renowned sniping and shooting authority John L. Plaster. Comprehensive in scope, this book details how sharpshooters were recruited, trained, and organised. Plaster fully explores their armaments, their tactics and techniques, and how they operated (sometimes decisively) in battle.
A thorough and detailed study which covers, with incredible detail, the role of sharpshooters in the first major conflict in which both armies had rifles as their primary armament. Plaster investigates why so many officers failed to adapt and fell victim to the sharpshooter. He also investigates the heroic and hazardous lives of the ordinary soldiers who now lie forgotten.
Discover dozens of accomplished and colourful but forgotten sharpshooters who, until now, had faded into the past. Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated, these pages contain more than 160 rare photos, along with original artwork. Excerpted from Plaster's epic The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting, this book is a must-have for historians, re-enactors, and students of the American Civil War.
About the Author
Major John L. Plaster, the author of Paladin's best-selling The Ultimate Sniper, served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, SOG. After retiring from the military, he combined what he'd learned of stealth, stalking and camouflage with his post-war experiences as a competitive shooter to co-found a Reserve Component sniper training program, which quickly became a major national school.