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Harry W. Pfanz

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780807821183

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869741_pfanz

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Skirmishers, Sharpshooters, and Civilians

Skirmishers, Sharpshooters, and Civilians

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(p.129) 9 Skirmishers, Sharpshooters, and Civilians
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Gettysburg-Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill
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Harry W. Pfanz

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869741_pfanz.13

This chapter describes skirmishes between Federals and Confederates. Both armies deployed infantrymen as skirmishers, who were tasked with screening and protecting the main positions on front and flank from enemy harassment by holding enemy marksmen at a distance. Skirmishers also preceded their own attacking lines to brush away their enemy counterparts, to uncover enemy positions, and to prevent premature contact by the enemy with their main line. Although skirmishing required a degree of flexibility and individuality not usually exercised in the more rigid lines of battle, officers and noncommissioned officers exercised a firm control over the men in their skirmish lines and held them to their work.

Keywords:   Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War, Union, Federals, Confederates, skirmish, infantrymen

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