Saturday, June 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
The extreme left flank of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Little Round Top.
The 20th Maine regiment, under the command of Col. Joshua Chamberlain, held off two regiments from Alabama, exhausting their ammunition supply. Out of ammo with the Confederates massing for another push, Chamberlain called for a wheeling bayonet charge that shattered the Confederate attack and captured large numbers of opposing infantry.
View from the McMillan Woods towards Cemetery Ridge. 15,000 troops under General Picket charged the US Army under General Hancock.
General Longstreet, the Corps commander was so convinced that the attack would fail, he bordered on insubordination trying to convince Robert E Lee to call off the attack. When it came time to issue the order, Longstreet was in tears and only nodded his head.
Pickett's division was slaughtered by rifles and canon fire as they slogged uphill over open, exposed ground.
Virginia Monument in the foreground.