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Posted 01 December 2018 - 05:40 PM
Each week leading up to the release of "Remember Me", we'll explore the historical backdrop of a facet of our short film. This week, we'll look at some of the specialized gear that made the Berdan sharpshooters so unique.
One thing that immediately stands out about the Berdan sharpshooters is that even though they were Union soldiers, their uniforms were a dark green instead of blue. This visually set them apart from the rank-and-file troops, and also added another benefit: camouflage. The dark green of their uniforms blended in with foliage much better than the standard blue or grey uniforms in the Civil War.
The sharpshooters also were issued leather leggings (to protect their legs against rough terrain and snake bites) and a high-quality calfskin knapsack different from the tarred haversacks most other soldiers wore.
Nonetheless, by mid-to-late war, many of these uniforms and special items began to wear out or get lost. Thus, by the time our film is set, most of the sharpshooters had adopted the standard blue frock coats and haversacks or bedrolls.
One item amongst the sharpshooters' equipment is ironic because there is nothing special about it, yet many people often think the sharpshooters didn't have it: a bayonet. It is no secret that the sharpshooters preferred to engage targets from afar; they even threw their bayonets away at one point! But after that happened, the army made sharpshooter unit Captains responsible for ensuring their men kept their bayonets. Any "lost" bayonets were taken directly out of the Captain's pay from then on out. So, by the time our film is set, each sharpshooter would have definitely carried a bayonet...however uncheerfully.
For more info on early vs late war Berdan uniforms, check out this awesome video by the 2nd US Sharpshooters Company D:
(Credit for the tin-type effect on our film screenshot goes to LIBERATOR from the ROF forums)
Posted 08 December 2018 - 11:08 PM
Hello everybody! Each week leading up to the release of "Remember Me", we'll explore the historical backdrop of a facet of our short film. This week, we'll look at just exactly how good of a shot you had to be in order to be a member of the US Sharpshooters.
Simply being an above-average shot with the rifle wouldn't cut it. To join the US Sharpshooters, one had to be an AMAZING shot. Just how amazing, you might ask? Perhaps the recruitment call Hiram Berdan (the units' founder) put in the papers says it best: "No man will be accepted...who cannot when firing at a rest at a distance of two hundred yards, put ten consecutive shots into a target the average distance not to exceed five inches from the centre [sic] of the bull's eye to the centre of the ball." (A copy of the paper, as well as a photo of one of the targets after 30 minutes of shooting, can be found attached at the bottom of this post. Click to enlarge.)
In other words, applicants had to put 10 shots in a row, all within a target the size of a dinner plate, from 600 feet...often with nothing but iron sights. Keep in mind, the standard military tactic of that day was to line masses of soldiers up against one another and have them volley-fire in the general direction of each another to inflict maximum casualties. Imagine for a minute how utterly shocking and demoralizing it would be for Confederate troops to suddenly come under pinpoint-accurate fire from a foe they couldn't even see, and you will begin to see how effective a force of marksmen this good could be.
This will be the last historical post about our film's backdrop, because the full film releases next week!!! In fact, the full film has already released to our supporters on Patreon today; if you're interested, check out our page: https://www.patreon.com/RookieAce
Posted 14 December 2018 - 06:25 PM
Posted 15 December 2018 - 04:12 AM
Looking forward to it!
What time are you going to be online?
1:30pm Central time.
Posted 15 December 2018 - 10:47 AM
That makes it during FIF... I'm afraid I'll miss it. I assume that you will record it?
Posted 15 December 2018 - 07:38 PM
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