Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign

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The battle for the southern slope of Little Round Top at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, remains one of the most studied small unit military actions in American history. Maine historian Tom Desjardin has focused his attention on the story of the 20th Maine Regiment since his first visit to Gettysburg at age 10. This stirring work is the culmination of years of detailed research on the experiences of the soldiers in that regiment, telling the complete story of the unit in the ...
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The battle for the southern slope of Little Round Top at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, remains one of the most studied small unit military actions in American history. Maine historian Tom Desjardin has focused his attention on the story of the 20th Maine Regiment since his first visit to Gettysburg at age 10. This stirring work is the culmination of years of detailed research on the experiences of the soldiers in that regiment, telling the complete story of the unit in the Gettysburg Campaign, from June 21 through July 10, 1863.

Desjardin uses more than seventy first-hand accounts of the battle for Vincent's Spur to tell the story of that fight in critical detail. He brings the personal experiences of the soldiers to life, relating the story from both sides and revealing the actions and feelings of the men from Alabama who tried, in vain, to seize the important position.

From the lowest ranking private to the highest officers, this book explores the terrible experiences of war and their tragic effect. Following the regiment through the campaign enables readers to understand fully the soldiers' feelings towards the enemy, towards citizens of both North and South, and towards the commanders of the two armies. In addition, this book traces the development of a legend, as veterans of the fight struggle to remember, grasp, and memorialize their part in the largest battle ever fought on the continent.

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"An excellent book—moving and powerful, with a strong narrative line and interesting analysis based on exhaustive research."—James McPherson

"A well-researched and compelling story of the Mainers' fight on Little Round Top...Even those who do not consider themselves Civil War buffs will find the story of the 20th Maine at Gettysburg to be a fascinating tale...Highly recommended." —Journal of America's Military Past

"A well-researched and compelling story...highly recommended." — Journal of America's Military Past

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577470342
  • Publisher: Thomas Publications PA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 239

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Desjardin was born and raised in Maine and did his doctoral work in American History at the University of Maine. He has worked as an interpreter, giving programs on the Gettysburg battlefield for the National Park Service. The author of These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory and Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775, he is working on a TV documentary on Joshua Chamberlain.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword by John Pullen
Introduction
1. North From the Rappahannock
2. The Death-Strewn Slope
3. The Bigger Hill
4. Seared by the Horrors of War
5. In Great Deeds Something Abides
6. American Legend, American Shrine
Twentieth Maine Roster of Participants
Appendix 1: Number of Combatants
Appendix 2: Recollections of the Participants
Appendix 3: 20th Maine Casualties
Appendix 4: 15th Alabama Casualties
Appendix 5: 47th Alabama Casualties
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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