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.


NSHS mourns death of esteemed colleague Jim Potter

The NSHS has lost an esteemed colleague and dear friend with the unexpected death of Senior Research Historian Jim Potter on Saturday, August 6. Jim began work at the NSHS in 1967.

Over the years he served variously as state archivist, editor of Nebraska History, and finally as senior research historian. Along the way he wrote and edited several books and dozens of scholarly articles.

His depth of knowledge was legendary, and it was always shared with generosity and good humor. He is deeply missed. A full obituary will be posted at a later time.

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