Excellant points and well said. To the average person who is searching their family history and find that their Grandfathers were in one of these Sharpshooter Units that were organized by those orders, automatically assume that the word "Sharpshooter" means he was a Civil War "Sniper". Which as you are well aware is incorrect because of our present day misunderstanding of the word and present day useage of military snipers and their abilities. Also because of the "stories" of the death of such notables as Generals Reynolds and Sedgewick being killed by "Sharpshooter" which were probably nothing more that common soldiers who saw an obvious target of oppertunity and took a shot.
Most of the people who post replies on this board seem to be fairly knowledgeable. However, there are many who read this board and who do not post, or who are asking a genuine question because they honestly do not know. Also some of the discussions on this board will "pop-up" in a Google search of the subject material, like "sharpshooters", we discuss, with our comments. Therefore unless otherwise indicated, if the poster is not reconized as being knowledgeable, one has to assume a minimal knowledge level on the part of that person posting a question or general reply.
Obviously, You are well aware of the subject material and do not fall into that catagory of only having that basic "junior high school" knowledge level.