3rd Battalion Sharpshooters


3rd Battalion Sharpshooters was organized during the spring of 1863 with men who transferred from other Georgia units and those recruited in Richmond and Gwineet counties. It contained five companies and was soon ordered to Virginia. Assigned to General Wofford's Brigade, it moved with Longstreet but was not engaged at Chickamauga. After serving in East Tennessee the battalion returned to Virginia, fought in the battles of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, then was part of Early's operations in the Shenandoah Valley. Placed under the command of General DuBose, it later was active in the Appomattox Campaign. The unit had many captured at Sayler's Creek and surrendered with only 1 officer and 22 men. Its commanders were Lieutenant Colonel Nathan L. Hutchins, Jr., and Majors Philip E. Davant, William E. Simmons, and H.H. Smith.

I received the following e-mail which corrects the information above.

The info you have posted on this unit is incorrect. They were formed in April 1863 by selection of the best qualified men from Gen Wm T Wofford's Ga brigade (16th, 18th, 24th regts + Cobb & Phillips Legion Inf Battalions). They fought at Chancellorsville as an organized (but as yet undesignated unit) and suffered heavy casualties. The unit attained official designation in June 1863 and fought at Gettysburg as the scouting/skirmishing component of Wofford's brigade. I have extensive documentation in support of their history. The NPS has finally (grudgingly) agreed to accept their existence at Gettysburg upon my submission of period newspaper published casualty reports and unit documentation from the CSRs at NARA.
Let me know what you would like to see and I'll send along.
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