150th Gettysburg Reenactment (Blue Gray Alliance)

posted Apr 9, 2013, 4:56 AM by Matthew Rojas

Six sharpshooters from Company F are registered and planning to attend the 150th Blue Gray Alliance Gettysburg Reenactment. We are all really looking forward to joining our fellow sharpshooters again!

Unit T-Shirts Coming Soon!

posted Jun 22, 2012, 9:51 PM by Matthew Rojas   [ updated Jun 22, 2012, 9:57 PM ]

I got a quote on getting screen printed t-shirts made for our unit.  Front and back, lime green on dark green.
1st USSS Co F T-shirt Front

1st USSS Co. F T-shirt Back 

PVT Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

Road to Antietam

posted May 24, 2012, 8:06 PM by Matthew Rojas

Company F will be joining our fellow sharpshooters from across the country at the 150th Antietam reenactment September 14-16, 2012 in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  I'm told there will be around 100 U.S. Sharpshooters participating.

2011 Skirmish at Chipco Crossing

posted Nov 1, 2011, 9:06 PM by Matthew Rojas   [ updated Nov 1, 2011, 9:08 PM ]

This past weekend, October 22nd & 23rd, 2011, was the Skirmish at Chipco Crossing Reenactment in Dade City, FL. There were a total of four Berdans Saturday, and three Sunday. 1st Sergeant Mike was unable to take the field with us do to prior engagements, though he did attend Saturday to observe the battle. The arrangements for period camping were in the old battlefield for the Union and for the confederates it was where it always has been along the fence line. The battles on both days started at 2:00 pm and averaged about 35 minutes long.

On Saturday, the battle began with a small skirmish on the old battlefield, which led to a huge open cow pasture where the remaining fight ensued. Throughout most of the action, we were posted on the battalion’s right flank. We engaged some Home Guard infantry and artillery. We finally drove the infantry away from the right flank, which left their artillery exposed. As we advanced on the first artillery piece, PVT Rojas aimed and misfired. One of the cannoneers charged and tackled Rojas as PVT Briggs and a Marine watch gracefully.

Sunday's battle was much more intense since we fought on the old smaller field. Due to crowd issues, the large open cow pasture was not used. We were ordered to take positions at a smoke house in the middle of the field. Once we took our positions, we engaged the enemy's position atop a grassy knoll. As we fired, the sound of the guns ricocheted off the house and actually sounded like bullets were hitting the house. As more of our infantry was brought up, we advanced to some sparse trees on the other side of the smoke house. After some intense fighting, the Rebs charged down the hill toward us. We began to fall back, but the Rebs killed the corporal as he passed his revolver to PVT Briggs. PVT Rojas' rifle misfired and he was taken prisoner only to take a rifle butt to the head. PVT Briggs unloaded the revolver as he tried falling back to a safe position, but was also captured at the smoke house. Back behind the smoke house PVT Briggs broke free from his captors and ran out of the back of the house. PVT Briggs was pursued and tackled by Confederate PVT Barry Chadwell. As the two fight on the ground, one of PVT Chadwell's Reb comrades approaches the scuffle and shoots PVT Briggs in the head, killing him instantly. The Rebs drive the Federal troops from the field, seizing the day but not winning the war.

PVT Taylor Briggs
PVT Matthew Rojas
1st U.S. Sharpshooters, Co. F

2011-2012 Event Calendar

posted Jul 12, 2011, 3:22 PM by Matthew Rojas

Thanks again to Florida Reenactors Online, I've posted the new event schedule for 2011-2012.  The current listing is tentative and will be updated as more information becomes available and as the unit decides which events it will be attending.  Hopefully we'll have some new recruits on the field with us this season.  Should be fun!

2011 Battle at Crystal River

posted Mar 14, 2011, 5:20 PM by Matthew Rojas

Company F headed north after the skirmish at Fort DeSoto only to meet the enemy on another field of battle. On Saturday, March 12th, the Union 4th Brigade took rest from their long march along a fence line in a field just north of the town called Crystal River. As the infantry rest against the fence, Confederate cavalry advanced on us post-haste and surprised us. Company F and the Marine detachment quickly returned fire as Federal cavalry moved out to engage. On the left flank a couple of Confederate sharpshooters engaged us from behind a small clump of trees. Their muzzle-loaders were no match for our breach-loading Sharps rifles. Company F returned fire and when both Rebel sharpshooters fired their muskets, PVTs Briggs and Rojas quickly swept around the left side of the trees and captured the troublemakers. Minutes later, the Federal cavalry commander requested Company F's assistance in engaging the Confederate dismounted cavalry as the remaining infantry takes arms and reforms their lines. We began pushing back the cavalry when enemy infantry began to appear in the distance. As we were such a small force compared to the oncoming enemy infantry, we wisely broke contact and began to fall back to our main line as our cavalry remounted and returned to their post.

The Confederate soldiers pressed on as they exchanged volleys with our infantry. Our forward artillery pulled back from the fence line as the infantry held strong. Once the artillery was repositioned, the infantry began to pull back away from the fence line as the Confederates overtook it. The enemy pushed around to our left flank as we refused our line to keep them in front of us. Company F continued to defend the left flank as one of our cannon, manned by Anderson’s crew, came onto line on our left in time to help repel the flanking maneuver. Our forces began to push the Rebs back as they began taking heavy casualties. Enemy sharpshooters again fired onto our left flank. PVT Briggs tried to single-handedly eliminate the sharpshooters, but in doing so was wounded in the leg by one of them. A cease-fire was called to allow the roughed up Rebs to retrieve their wounded and retire from the field.

The 4th Brigade bivouacked in place for the night to recuperate and patch up the wounded. Sunday afternoon, Confederate cavalry reappeared from the wood line. Our Federal cavalry quickly moved out to meet the threat. After several cavalry charges from both sides, the cavalry dismounted and exchanged rifle fire as the artillery from both sides echo their mighty booms. Federal artillery fires from the right, then from the center. Enemy shells land dangerously close to our Federal infantry waiting to take the field as we get dusted by sand blasting into the air. Union infantry is called to reform the lines and take arms. The Federal artillery fires one last barrage, creating a small smoke screen, before allowing our infantry to pass through its lines. Cavalry regroup on the far right flank. Company F was placed on the right flank of the left wing as we advanced toward the Confederate infantry and artillery. The right wing comes online and Company F holds strong at the center of the Federal line as we fire on enemy artillery, picking them off one by one. The Confederate line begins to give on the left flank as a company retires from the field. Confederate infantry advances on the brigade’s right flank and retakes the fence line. Anderson’s artillery reinforces the federal infantry at the center in an attempt to push the enemy away from the fence.

The federal left wing begins to converge on the fence line pushing the Rebs back temporarily. The Rebel artillery fires into the infantry’s left flank as confederate infantry redeploy on our left flank again. A company is detached from our brigade to defend our left flank, leaving a large gap in the line for Company F to hold. Our brigade took heavy casualties as Anderson’s artillery is repositioned just to the right of Company F as the brigade begins to fall back. The gun crew is taken out one by one as they try to fire a final shot. The Confederate forces cut off the company defending the left as they advance on our lines. Company F continues to fire on the large body of enemy infantry, but is overwhelmed by the advancing Rebs. A volley drops 1st SGT Roesler and PVT Rojas. PVT Briggs takes cover behind PVT Rojas’ body but is incapacitated by the next Confederate volley, leaving a “pile of green” on the field. A cease fire is called and taps is sounded, ending the Battle at Crystal River.

PVT Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

2011 Brooksville Raid

posted Jan 10, 2011, 6:14 PM by Matthew Rojas

Brooksville Raid is this weekend. 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, Company F will be out in force so to speak. Please come out and see us on the field of battle! The event is located at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation in Brooksville, FL just east of US 19 on SR 50.  This is one of the largest Civil War reenactments in the state of Florida.  This event is a great opportunity to visit and ask questions.

PVT Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

Ocklawaha River Raid 2010

posted Dec 6, 2010, 8:32 PM by Matthew Rojas   [ updated Dec 6, 2010, 8:39 PM ]

Ocklawaha was good event for us.  It got pretty chilly at night.  The layout of the battlefield was a little better than last year, I'm sure for the spectators too.  I'd like to send a special thanks to Shawn and the Engineers for playing with us and fighting the good fight.  Too bad they didn't get those trenches dug; we could have used them on Sunday!

PVT Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

2010-2011 Event Calendar

posted Jun 22, 2010, 8:05 PM by Matthew Rojas

Thanks to Florida Reenactors Online, I've posted the new event schedule for 2010-2011.  The current listing is tentative and will be updated as more information becomes available and as the unit decides which events it will be attending.  I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season!

PVT Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

Company F is now on Facebook too

posted May 17, 2010, 10:45 AM by Matthew Rojas   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 6:16 AM ]

On May 12, 2010, I created a companion page on Facebook. Check it out by clicking below.

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Pvt Matt Rojas
1st USSS, Co F

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