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From rockbound coast, from farm and logging camp came the men of the Twentieth Maine, a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. It was at Little Round Top that the Twentieth Maine, with Joshua Chamberlain in command, performed one of the miracles of the Civil War and saved the left flank of the Union battle line. Outnumbered two to one, their front doubled back to the shape of a horseshoe. And with ammunition gone, the men fixed bayonets, charged, and not only broke up the Confederate attack, but also took 400 prisoners. At Appomattox, the Twentieth Maine was one of the regiments chosen to receive the surrender of General Lee's infantry, and Joshua Chamberlain, the Bowdoin professor who had become a general, was appointed to command the Union troops at the ceremony.
©1957 John J. Pullen; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
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By Terry N Bogush on 08-09-04

Excellent detail

Too often Civil War books concentrate on the Generals and Grand Strategy. "The Twentieth Main" provides and excellent balance between the generals and the soldiers and is a must listen for anyone interested in the details about how the common soldiers lived the equipment they used, the food they ate etc., throughout the war. It gives Joshua Chamberlain his just due, but also provides good narratives about the other officers and soldiers of this fabled regiment.

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By Curatina on 04-20-05

I loved this book!

This was a wonderful and sometimes moving book. At first I thought I didn't like the narrator, but I soon got accusomed to him and liked him very much.

The book combines historical detail with an easy flowing style of writing. It's as facinating as any novel. The Twentieth Maine was often at the center of crucial events in the Civil War. I sat one Saturday afternoon doing nothing but listening to the second half of the book. I would think it would be helpful to have a working knowledge of the Civil War before reading this book, and I would reccomend Shelby Foote's marvelous history of the Civil War prior to reading this book. The Twentieth Maine focuses soley on the battles fought battles fought by the heroic Maine soldiers, and the reader who has no knowlege at all of the Civil War might have some questions. I think, however, that even the absolute novice would enjoy the book because it is so well written. It seems to me it would inspire one to learn even more about the Civil War and the brave men on both sides.

From the formation of the unit, to the beginning of the care of the dead soldiers, to Gettyburg, to the Wilderness campaign.... this book is grabs hold of the reader and made this reader sad the book had to come to a close

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