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Mainiacs, shoes, and the accident that was Gettysburg. The historical role of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment von Gorman, Michael (eBook)

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Mainiacs, shoes, and the accident that was Gettysburg. The historical role of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject History - America, grade: 100.0, Westminster College, course: Thesis Class, language: English, abstract: The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most well-known battles of the American Civil War and in American military history. It was widely believed that this battle ultimately set the course of the war's outcome, turning the tide in favor for the Union Army. The 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a unit largely comprised of Maine's undesirable, leftover volunteers, was resupplied by the soon-to-be-court-martialed mutineers of the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry. It was posted at the far left of the Union army's defensive line, atop Little Round Top on the 2nd of July, 1863, the second day of the battle. Aside from shedding light on the strategic importance of the 20th Maine's defensive position, at Little Round Top, for the Battle, and more importantly-the war in whole, this thesis will also take a deeper look into the enlisted men of 20th Maine, their commanding officers, and the mutineers of the 2nd Maine who were sent to reinforce them before the battle. It will examine the claim that Colonel Joshua Chamberlain was not the one who ordered the 20th Maine to make their famous bayonet charge into enemy line, but rather his subordinate officer.


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Mainiacs, shoes, and the accident that was Gettysburg. The historical role of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Annotated bibliography

Adelman, Garry E. The Myth of Little Round Top . Thomas Publications: Pennsylvania, 2003. Print.

This monograph presents decent counter arguments against the legacy of the twentieth Maine. The author appears to have done their research. He uses maps and statistics to argue his point. Mainly argues with opinion instead of facts. But the numbers appear accurate.

Bell, Tom. "Why Gettysburg is a Maine Battlefield," Kennebec Journal , Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME, 4 Sep, 2013. Print.

This article reviews the Battle of Gettysburg and how it could be called a "Maine Battlefield," given the number of Maine infantry units that participated in the battle, giving special emphasis to the contributions to the 20th Maine Volunteer infantry. It provides a modern Mainer's perspective on the historic event. Because of this is does not appear to rely on many, or at least list any other formal sources.

Busey, John W., and David G. Martin. Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg, 4th ed. Hightstown, NJ: Longstreet House, 2005.

This monograph relies mainly on primary sources, such as reports, in his work. It is a very useful source and appears to be reliable.

Colonel Betschart, Steve. "Field Regulations & Practices 1st Oregon / 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry." 20th Maine . 1stovi-20thmaine.org. 2009. Web. 16 Sep, 2013.

This manual was written by a United States Army colonel on the subject of the 20th Maine's military drills and camp life. It draws on the personal accounts of soldiers and officers as well and military record. I am sure that it will be useful in helping to set the scene for the regiment and the morality of the soldiers before the battle.

Corbell-Pickett, La Salle. "Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg" America, Vol VIII. Veterans of Foreign Wars: Chicago, 1923. Print.

This primary source is an account about Colonel Pickett and his charge at Gettysburg! It is written from the perspective of his widow. Given its date and the proximity of the author to the subject, it is more of a primary source, so it will be regarded later in the year rather than now.

Desjardin, Thomas A. Joshua L. Chamberlain: The Life in Letters . Osprey Publishing: Oxford, 2012. Print.

This book relies primarily on letters and diary entries to layout the life of Joshua Chamberlain. Assuming that all of the primary sources the author utilized are authentic, it is a very reliable source.

Desjardin, Thomas A. Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign . Thomas Publications, 1995. Print.

A well written monograph from Maine historian Thomas Desjardin that was even praised by the Confederate Book Review . I wide variety of secondary and primary sources, ranging from letters, to other monographs. Well research, very reliable, and quite useful.

Galeano, Eduardo. "Memory of Fire." Faces & Masks, Vol 2 . Nation Books: New York, 1987. Print.

This collection of short anecdotes from the time period mainly relates to Latin American History. Some of the anecdote about the American Civil War were used. The book lists a plethora of sources, almost entirely primary sources from newspapers.

Ellis, James H. A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 . New York: Algora Publishing, 2009. Print.

This monographs trove o

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