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Posted September 30, 2002
Chamberlain is turning in his grave!!
The book was very well written, addicting, and an interesting read. What are questionable are some of his theories which tend to go against the mainstream opinion. For example, the author explains that Joshua Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top, in fact did not give the order to charge, but that the door-like swinging motion of his men was merely the result of the terrain. That is fine and dandy, but if you notice, he gives no evidence to his claim. He says that Major Spear never heard Chamberlain's order, but he does not point to anything Spear said or wrote to help prove this. Although the book is exhaustively researched, it comes short in supporting it's more radical statements, which seemed to be it's thesis. Read it, it is worth it...If anything at all, the book will spark a higher interest in you on the highly debated struggle at Gettysburg.
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