Hiram Berdan (1822-1893)

Hiram Berdan was a mechanical engineer who had been the top rifle shot in the country for fifteen years prior to the Civil War. Berdan recruited two regiments of sharpshooters for the Union army that were required to pass rigorous marksmanship tests. In 1865 he was awarded the brevets of brigadier and major general for Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, at each of which he led a brigade. He invented a repeating rifle and a patented musket ball before the war. He also developed a twin screw submarine gunboat, a torpedo boat for evading torpedo nets, and a long distance range-finder.

1863 circa 5 years
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