Two independent companies were raised in Minnesota to be part of Berdan’s United States Sharpshooters. The First Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters became Company A of the Second Regiment of United States Sharpshooters and served with them in the Army of the Potomac. The Second Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters became Company L of the First Regiment of United States Sharpshooters, but was soon detached and transferred as Company L of the First Minnesota Infantry. Company L participated in most of the First Minnesota's actions until the regiment was mustered out in early 1864.
The composite rosters of this unit contains the names of 10 men.
The following items are in the Minnesota Historical Society.
2nd Regiment U.S. Army Sharpshooters, Company A Records, 1861 - 1865. Orders, lists of officers and noncommissioned officers, morning reports and registers for Company A of the 1st Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters.
Owen Evans Letters, 1862 - 1863. Three letters from Captain Evans to his daughter in Anoka between March and May 1862 describe the Peninsular Campaign and Fredericksburg battles.
Anna Seamans Correspondence, 1864 - 1865. (William H. Stacy) Includes three hospital letters from Stacy who transferred from the Sharpshooters to Company A, 1st Minnesota Infantry Battalion.
Josiah B. Chaney and Family Papers, 1792 - 1917. Includes detailed letters to his wife Melissa, written February - October 1862, describing camp life, army morale, and Peninsular Campaign battles.
G. Merill Dwelle and Family Papers, 1843 - 1896. Dwelle’s letters from December 1861 - February 1863 describe the Company’s formation, training, and campaigns, from the Peninsula Campaign through Antietam. Includes accounts of his wounding at Antietam, subsequent recovery, and training with the Third Battery.
Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Cartersville, GA: Eastern Digital Resources 1998. E491D992. A concise summary of each regiment's service.
Fridley, Russell, editor. Charles E. Flandrau and the Defense of New Ulm. New Ulm, MN: Brown County Historical Society, 1962. 62 p. F6l4N4F7.
Jennison, Samuel P. "The Illusions of a Soldier." In Glimpses of the Nation's Struggle (MOLLUS, MN, Vol. 1). St. Paul, MN: St. Paul Book & Stationary Co, 1887. pp. 369-80 (7 photocopied pages). E464M5.1991v26.
Jorgenson, Wayne. - Minnesota in the Civil War: A Photographic Legacy. - Military Images
(May/Jun 2008): p. 29. Per.
Minnesota. Board of Commissioners on Publication of History of Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars. Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars. Vol. 1. Cartersville, GA: Eastern Digital Resources 1998. Unit history and roster.
Wakefield, Larry. "Volunteer's Tour of Duty." [Henry McConnell] Military History (Apr l989): pp. 42-49 (8 photocopied pages). Per.