Chamberlain and the 20th Maine By Mort Kunstler
It was a march to glory.
At twilight on July 1, 1863, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain and the troops of the 20th Maine set out on a forced all-night march down dusty Pennsylvania lanes. Their destination was the crossroads community of Gettysburg, where the greatest battle of the American Civil War was underway. It would not be their first combat - they had weathered the blaze of battle in bloody contests like Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville - but Gettysburg would be different.
At Gettysburg, glory awaited them.
There, the next afternoon, on a wooded hillside soon to become famous as Little Round Top, Colonel Chamberlain and the men from Maine would be charged with anchoring the left flank of the Federal line. "Hold that ground at all hazards," they would be ordered. And they would do it. Standing firm against charge after charge by Robert E. Lee's determined men of the 20th Maine would hold the line. Finally, when exhausted and almost out of ammunition, they would fix bayonets and follow their colonel in a daring counterattack that would shatter the Southern assault.
For Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, it would mean the Congressional Medal of Honor. For the American Union, it would be the turning point of the battle that proved to be the turning point of the war. For the valiant men of 20th Maine, it would be an act of glory.
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