Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
1862 Peninsula Campaign
Berdanís Sharpshooters served as skirmishers in the advance up the Virginia Peninsula. Furthermore, the men became adept snipers during the siege of the Warwick-Yorktown line. Lieutenant David F. Ritchie of the 1st New York Light Artillery noted their effect, “Our sharpshooters have become a terror to the enemy, though this lying in wait and picking off men singly is after all a barbarous method of warefare.”
Confederate Major Robert Stiles shared Ritchieís opinion stating, “The regular sharpshooters often seem to me little better than a human tiger lying in wait for blood.” After the Peninsula Campaign, Berdanís Sharpshooters served with distinction until disbanding in February 1865. Purportedly, they inflicted the most casualties of any Union regiment.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 10.829′ N, 76° 32.223′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Constitution Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail on the south side of Lee Hall Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Custerís Covered Way (about 600 feet away); Mottís Battery (about 700 feet away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (about 700 feet away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Leeís Mill (Dam Number 1) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); One-Gun Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a sketch of “Berdanís Sharpshooters picking off the enemyís gunners. Courtesy of the Virginia War Museum." Above this is a portrait of Col. Hiram Berdan, Courtesy of the U.S. Army Military Institute.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers on the Two Forts Walking Trail in Newport News Park.
Also see . . .
1. Killers in Green Coats. Detailed information about Berdanís Sharpshooters from HistortNet.com. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Yorktown. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,011 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.