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

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If you saw the movie Gettysburg then you know about Joshua Chamberlain and the men who fought with him on Little Round Top. This is the complete story of the famous 20th Maine from June 21 through July 10, 1863, using more than 70 first-hand accounts.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Thomas Pubns (first published February 1st 1995)
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Jim Bouchard
Dec 31, 2010 Jim Bouchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a Civil War buff this is a great read and offers remarkable insights into the legendary 20th Maine.

If you're a resident of Maine, from here or from "away" this is essential to understanding the rugged individualism and fierce independent spirit of our state.
Jan 12, 2015 Nyri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sergeant Major Johnson, in Halo, says "Folks need heroes." This has always, and I suspect will always, be true. Recent decades have turned Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain into such a larger-than-life figure, but in order to gain a better and more well-rounded appreciation for the man and his (to use his words) "great deeds," it's important to confront something of the real man, warts and all. And what better way to do that than through a narrative that sets him into the context of his unit, the men ...more
Paul Haspel
Aug 02, 2014 Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Standing atop that rocky hill in Pennsylvania on July 2, 1863, those five hundred Union soldiers from Maine must have felt as if their world was ending. Under the command of Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment held the southern slope of Little Round Top, the extreme left end of the Union line. The 15th Alabama Regiment, commanded by Confederate Colonel William C. Oates, was charging up the hill, hoping to take the hill and fold up the entire Union line. Th ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great account of the Gettysburg campaign from the eyes of the 20th Maine and their battle counterparts in the 15th and 47th Alabama.

The easy to ready narrative combines sources from both sides of the battle, including the key stand at little round top, to give a flowing account of the action from the eyes and minds of the men who were there. While any account of the battle is bound to be incomplete, this well researched depiction also includes some of the after battle issues that led to some o
Aug 28, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fact meets legend. A very thorough and well balanced account of the epic fight that's maybe not so epic. Desjardin tells the whole story of the 20th Maine before the battle and afterwards as well. He also covers the 15th Alabama with equal thoroughness and evenhandedness. Maps and pictures as well as very detailed appendices are all here. We learn much more about the men to include the XO of the regiment, Ellis Spear, who after Chamberlain left the regiment, served a cowardly and absent CO. Spea ...more
Mark Huskins
Mar 20, 2012 Mark Huskins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down my all time favorite book! It was a quick read but very informitive. I was born and raised in Maine, a few miles from Chamberlains home and final resting place so it is in my blood to begin with. However I am a life long student of The American Civil War, so the first hand accounts collected in this book gave me a slightly different perspective of what occurred on Little Round Top that July afternoon in 1863. Basically those who saw the movie Gettysburg, or read The Killer Angels thin ...more
Jul 22, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good civil war book concerning this company of soldiers, including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
Jul 31, 2009 Jake rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain/ Killer Angels /Gettysburg(movie)/Ken Burns, you need to read this account of the battle for Little Round Top at Gettysburg. It will dubunk some treasured myths (ordered a bayonet charge?); however, Desjardin gives a readable, succinct account that honors the bravery of all involved in the battle. His research is thorough and his conclusions are objective.
Bob Collins
Sep 07, 2013 Bob Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Fredericksburg to Appomattox, the 20th Main regiment fought in many of the famous (and infamous) battles of the Civil War. But their part in the battle of Gettysburg has become the stuff of legend. The author tells of their part in Gettysburg, with a lot of supporting documentation, not only from the boys of the 20th, but from the Alabaman regiments that fought them. Having recently read about the 20th's part of the battle in Killing Angels, I was interested in knowing more, and this book " ...more
Joshua Beach
Feb 17, 2014 Joshua Beach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the detailed account but even more so the analysis of what has become in modern times a legendary fight.
Terry Parker
Enjoyed reading this book with it's referral to actual correspondence, documents and other first hand recordances of the battle of Gettysburg. It really stimulated my desire to revisit the site and see for myself the scale of the area. on paper ina book or on a map, it is just tough to really fully comprehend the actions of those units in the pitched battle around Little Round Top.
May 21, 2012 Michael25 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! Definitely one of the best civil war books I've ever read.


For those looking for another great book, try "A Stillness At Appomattox" by Bruce Catton. A fantastic account of the final days and hours of the Civil War with extensive background information, written like a poem.
Dec 08, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, too detailed, even for me but fascinating as a description of a small-unit action. The stand on the left flank of the Union line at Gettysburg may have been overdone by fiction but it still stands as a work of courage and devotion.
Andy Doyle
A very balanced and easily read discussion of the 20th Maine at Little Round top. If you want to know Joshua Chamberlain, this is the best place to start.
Jun 14, 2012 Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you are a 20th Maine buff or just a Civil War buff, this is an excellent and well written piece of work.
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Superb research material.
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