Hi from Michigan;
Recently I was reviewing some of my archive of information on my Family. A 1909 newspaper article that I had somehow missed, had that my relative Ard Smith Stanton had served in the "Michigan Sharpshooters" from October 1, 1861 to August 1862 when he was discharged for disability. The same newspaper article, covering a family reunion, included that he had been at the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, also known as Shiloh. This being in the Western theatre, makes me think his service may have been with Birge, not Berdan.
He was no slacker, as he reeinlisted in 1864, serving with a number of his relatives, in the 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry, and died of wounds following suffered in Battle of Winchester, Sept 19, 1864. The 1909 article added new information that he was hit by a cannon shell, and never regained consciousness before he died on 17 Oct 1864. He is buried in Barry County, Michigan.
I find no record of him in any Sharpshooter unit rosters that I can find. He is listed in the 6th Michigan Brown Book, as Andrew or Ared Stanton. I expect this was caused by fading memories and his short service, but he may have used either of these names if he so chose.
Any leads from this forum as to finding record of his earlier service would be appreciated.