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The Twentieth Maine

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The fascinating story of Joshua Chamberlain and his volunteer regiment, the Twentieth Maine, is reprinted with a new foreword by Civil War historian and UCLA professor Joan Waugh. Pullen_s classic and highly acclaimed book tells how Chamberlain and his men fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville on their way to the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. There, on J

338 pages
Published November 1957 by J. B. Lippincott Company (first published 1957)
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Jul 16, 2008 Hotspur rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: American Civil War history fanatics, amateur historians
Recommended to Hotspur by: found it in the library
I just finished the 20th Maine by John Pullen, as an Audiobook from the Fairfax County Public Library system. The 20th, for those of you who have no appreciation of history, held the extreme left of the Union line on the crucial second day of the Battle of Gettysburg-- and by doing so, likely saved the Army of the Potomac from being rolled up and defeated. By extension, likely the little action on Little Round Top saved the Union that day (it's arguable, I know, but a case could be made for it). ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read many books about the Civil War, I knew the story of the valiant actions of Joshua Chamberlin and the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg. However, I had no idea of the regiment's contributions in many other battles during the war and that there were four Medal of Honor winners from the 20th, including Chamberlin, a 33-year-old professor from Bowdoin College with absolutely no military experience.

Published by John J. Pullen in 1957, this beautifully written account of a raw volunte
Jun 21, 2008 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs, particularly Mainers
Recommended to Tony by: Mike from work
A very good read. After the battle of Gettysburg, I sort of thought, "Well, I guess that was the good part." I was wrong. Gettysburg is a climax, but not the climax of the book. These guys were in the thick of it in battles from Antietam to Appomatix. The portrayal of Joshua Lawrence Chamerlain is both human and larger-than-life.
The tone of a history written in the 1950's, when memories of a major war were still fresh, seems a little dated and even quaint to modern eyes - now we fight wars with
Curtis J. Correll
Jun 29, 2015 Curtis J. Correll rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story about an amazing group of men. The Twentieth Maine was involved in some of the pivotal battles of the Civil War. This book tells a cohesive story about a regiment that grew into a famous fighting unit during the war. It also relates the story with an engaging and sometimes poetic flair.
There are some tendencies by the author to paint the regiment as always being the best fighters and never losing in a battle that was their fault. (I know from some other books that even
Sep 20, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: maine, history, audiobooks
Not being a war buff, I had trouble understanding some of the details of battles and troop movements, but overall, the information was well researched and told like a story. Drama, humor, descriptive scenes, and the narrator's voice made for a good read, I mean, listen!
Having been to Gettysburg and having stood on Little Round Top, I particularly appreciated that section.
And, being a Mainer, I cheered for the regiment and their leader, Joshua Chamberlain!
Jul 06, 2015 Naomi rated it really liked it
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Solid history, with equal parts cultural history and great man approaches. Needs an update in the racial language department, especially since Pullen very carefully includes issues of racism and documents the history of the African American units that the 20th of Maine fought alongside. Originally published in 1957, reissued in 1980, still good work.
Bryan Stinehour
Dec 05, 2013 Bryan Stinehour rated it liked it
A bit of a dry read (listen), however was still very entertaining and educational. I learned a ton I never knew about the 20th maine and the civil war. Definitely worth a read if you have interest in the subject
Apr 08, 2012 Clyde rated it really liked it
A heroic and bloody story. Joshua Chamberlain and the men of the 20 Main were a true heroes. They did nothing less than save the Union at Little Round Top.
Matthew Perry
Jun 07, 2016 Matthew Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Will always be THE definitive biography of the 20th Maine. Fantastic read
Jan 12, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-war, audiobook
Some funny stories, pretty straight forward regimental history. Of course, there's a lot about JLC, but a lot of other members are profiled.
Roger Henley
May 31, 2011 Roger Henley rated it really liked it
This book was excellent. I read it so fast. Each event was different and while reading it. If was if I was there with the Twentieth Maine while they were in action.
Sep 16, 2014 Mejix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a scholarly book, more of a romance.
The story of the regiment is remarkable and the book itself is entertaining.
Somehow I get the feeling that this was written for young adults.
Jessica Jewett
Mar 30, 2008 Jessica Jewett rated it it was amazing
Pullen wrote a great history of this great regiment.
Sep 09, 2011 Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a historical regimental account of Joshua Chamberlain's regiment
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