Why were the units named Sharpshooter units if they were not better shots? Surely there was osmething that separated these units from the infantry units??? I know from reseraching the 7th Miss. Inf. Regt. that several men from the 7th, went to the 9th Batt. Miss. Sharpshooters, I would like to understand why and what was the criteria for being in a Sharpshoooter unit. Mississippi only had 3 such units.
Toward the end of the war these units were merged to form the 9th Miss. Inf. Regt