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20th Maine
« on: May 30, 2016, 06:31:34 pm »








They were farmers, shop clerks, woodsman, and seaman.  They came from coastal Maine, from central and western Maine. Many would have been parts of the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Maine had not those regiments already had their full compliment of men.  It was as if fate had brought them together.  The Twentieth Maine was assembled as if by destiny.  If not for their heroism might we not be heirs to a different history, a very different America?

                                                                    Regiment History
The 20th Maine was organized in the state of Maine and mustered into Federal service on August 29, 1862, with Col. Adelbert Ames as its commander. It was assigned to the Army of the Potomac in the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, where it would remain until mustered out on July 16, 1865. At that time, the brigade also consisted of the 16th Michigan, the 12th, 17th, and 44th New York, 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regiments, and a Michigan company of sharpshooter.

 Prior to their notable actions at Gettysburg, the regiment was held in reserve at Antietam, was among those forced to remain overnight within sight of the Confederate lines at Fredericksburg, forcing the regiment's Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain to shield himself with a dead man. The unit was unable to participate in the Battle of Chancellorsville due to a quarantine prompted by a tainted smallpox vaccine that had been issued to the unit's soldiers. On May 20, 1863, Colonel Ames was promoted and was succeeded as colonel of the regiment by Joshua Chamberlain, who had been offered and declined leadership of the unit at the time it was formed.



                                                                            Combat History
Prior to their notable actions at Gettysburg, the regiment was held in reserve at Antietam, was among those forced to remain overnight within sight of the Confederate lines at Fredericksburg, forcing the regiment's Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain to shield himself with a dead man. The unit was unable to participate in the Battle of Chancellorsville due to a quarantine prompted by a tainted smallpox vaccine that had been issued to the unit's soldiers. On May 20, 1863, Colonel Ames was promoted and was succeeded as colonel of the regiment by Joshua Chamberlain, who had been offered and declined leadership of the unit at the time it was formed.



The most notable battle was the regiment's decisive role on July 2, 1863, in the Battle of Gettysburg, where it was stationed on Little Round Top at the extreme left of the Union line. When the regiment came under heavy attack from the Confederate 15th and 47th Alabama regiments (part of the division led by Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood), the 20th Maine ran low on ammunition after one and a half hours of continuous fighting; it responded to the sight of rebel infantry forming again for yet another push at them by charging downhill with fixed bayonets, surprising and scattering the Confederates, thus ending the attack on the hill. The 20th Maine and the adjacent 83rd Pennsylvania together captured many men from the both Alabama regiments (including Lt. Col. Michael Bulger, commander of the 47th), as well as several other men of the 4th Alabama and 4th and 5th Texas regiments of the same division. Had the 20th Maine retreated from the hill, the entire Union line would have been flanked, endangering other Union regiments in the vicinity.




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Regimental monument at the center of their lines on Little Round Top.




1889 veterans of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. General Joshua L. Chamberlain, the officer who commanded them in battle, seated at center right, bracketed by the Maltese Cross banner and the unit's regimental flag. Left is a monument to the unit erected by its veterans. Black and white photograph


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[COLOR="#0000FF"]~Videos of the 20th Maine~ [/COLOR][/FONT]

[video=youtube;kuvORvF04zQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuvORvF04zQ[/video]
[video=youtube;ZL-5uyp44WA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-5uyp44WA[/video]
[video=youtube;2d2_zeJTJcw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d2_zeJTJcw[/video]
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Re: 20th Maine
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 06:55:27 pm »
Locked due to name is already taken

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Re: 20th Maine
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 03:04:11 am »
NOW we are up in running lads

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Re: 20th Maine
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2016, 11:13:41 am »
Bump where still here