Army Life in Chamberlain's 20th Maine (Expanded, Annotated)

Army Life in Chamberlain's 20th Maine (Expanded, Annotated)

by Rev. Theodore Gerrish

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Every great battle takes on new perspectives and meaning when viewed from the prone position of the private soldier, as opposed to the broad sweep of after-battle reports.

Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Spottslyvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg...Theodore Gerrish was at them all with Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's 20th Maine Regiment. His vivid, compassionate, and often humorous telling is from the spot on the field where the minie-balls are thickest and the cannonading is deafening.

This is one of the best private-soldier memoirs of the American Civil War in its scope and its minute details. The views Gerrish provides at the end of famous officers as seen from the private soldier's point of view include Grant, Meade, Hooker, Josuah Lawrence Chamberlain, and others with whom he came in contact.

Some of the humor:

"Chaplain, will you be kind enough to tell me what the two capital letters, B.C., stand for, when they are printed together upon anything?" "O, yes. It means before the birth of our Saviour, previous to the beginning of the Christian era." He proceeded to give quite a profound theological exposition of the matter, and then inquired, "Why did you ask so unusual a question?" "O, nothin'," answered the innocent Dick, "only we have seen it stamped on these sheets of hard-tack, and were curious to know why it was there."

Of the African-Americans who fought, Gerrish says:

"As these two races march beside each other in the struggle of life, we only ask and demand that those who, in their poverty, did all they could to save the nation and assist its defenders, shall not be deprived of their sacred rights."

Front-line letters and diaries of the Civil War bring an immediacy to a long-ago event and connect us to these everyday men and women who lived it.

For less than you'd spend on gas going to the library, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940150540576
Publisher: Big Byte Books
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 508 KB

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