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Gettysburg Battlefield Little Round Top

Little Round Top Is probably the most strategic geographical area on the entire Gettysburg Battlefield. Luckily for Union forces Col. Strong Vincent saw the strategic value of the hill top and made sure that the ground came into and remained in Union hands. Not that the Confederate forces did not try to take the Little Round Top. Two brigades in Maj. Gen. John Bell Hoods division, one under command of Brig. Gen. E.M. Law and another under command of Brig. Gen. J.B. Robertson attacked the western slope of Little Round Top. It is there that the 20th Maine made it's famous stand against overwhelming Confederate odds and held the ground. The 20th Maine under the command of Col. Joshua Chamberlain.

Col. Vincent positioned approximately 1,350 men of the 20th Maine, 83rd Pa, 44th NY, and the 16th Mi. to hold the ground. Vincents last words were to the 389 men that made up the 20th Maine were, "This is the left end of the Union line. You understand? You are to hold this ground at all costs!" Upon completing the command Vincent was struck by a bullet most probably fired by a Confederate sniper hiding in the rocks at Devils Den and killed.

The 20th Maine were not battle hardened soldiers, they were exhausted having spent most of the last 5 days marching over 100 miles, the final 26 the day before the battle. The Alabamians they faced by contrast were one of the best fighting forces in the Confederate army. However the men of the 20th Maine held the ground, the fighting culminating with a bayonet charge. The story of the 20th Maine on Little Round Top is one of the more famous stories to be remembered at the Battle of Gettysburg.

This is the first in a series of videos that GettysburgGerry will producing showing human interest stories, and famous sections of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Be sure to stop back and follow along as GettysburgGerry shares his home, Gettysburg Pa with you all.

Nina Rogoff
Boston, MA
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Gerry, this is a really good video. It's just so sad when you think about the bloodshed from these battles. Looking out from Little Round Top you can just imagine how terrifying it would have been to see the oncoming soldiers. It gives me the chills.

Jan 30, 2011 07:05 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Gerry, And I thought it was cold the day in December I was up there last year!  Nice video to point out the features of the battlefield.

Jan 30, 2011 08:02 AM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Love the history lesson, this is going to set you apart as the expert in Gettysburg.  Great localism post sharing the history of your city with the residents of the area.  Keep it up

Jan 30, 2011 02:04 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Love the Civil War history !!!!!!!!! I have climbed all over Little Round Top and Devils Den !

Jan 31, 2011 12:23 AM