The Tenacious 20th Maine

The Tenacious 20th Maine (HM9QJ)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America
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N 39° 47.431', W 77° 14.186'

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July 2, 1863 - The Second Day

"At that crisis, I ordered the bayonet. The word was enough. It ran like fire along the line, from man to man, and rose into a shout...."
Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain, U.S.A.
Commander, 20th Maine Volunteers

Late on the second day, the 358 men of the 20th Maine Volunteers found themselves anchoring the southern end of the Union line. If they could not stop the Confederate tide here on the southern slopes of Little Round Top, the Federal line might be unhinged.

For more than an hour, waves of Alabamians repeatedly stormed this hillside from below, but were repulsed each time. So deadly was the struggle that "blood stood in puddles on the rocks." When the New Englanders' ammunition was nearly spent, Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain ordered a desperate bayonet charge that drove the Alabamians back for good, thus securing the Union left flank.

The short walk in front of you leads to the secluded 20th Maine monument. It rests on ground Chamberlain was ordered to hold "at all hazards."
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HM NumberHM9QJ
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308507 N 4406899
Decimal Degrees39.79051667, -77.23643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.431', W 77° 14.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 25.86" N, 77° 14' 11.16" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1182 Trail to the Monuments of the 20th Maine, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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