Flashback Friday: “Uncle Sam’s Sharpshooters”: Military Marksmanship at Fort Omaha and Bellevue, 1882-1894

In this 1888 image of the Bellevue rifle range, the men are firing from prone or sitting positions. The targets appear in the distance, with the enlisted men's camp visible at right. The black powder cartridges used in the army's Springfield rifles and carbines produced clouds of white smoke. The view is to the north/northwest.

 

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