The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War

Version: Unabridged
Author: John J. Pullen
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: North America
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2003
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
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It was at Little Round Top that the volunteer regiment, the Twentieth Maine, with Joshua Chamberlain in command, performed one of the miracles of the Civil War and saved the left flank of the Union battle line. Outnumbered two to one, their front doubled back to the shape of a horseshoe. And with ammunition gone, the men fixed bayonets, charged, and not only broke up the Confederate attack but took four hundred prisoners.
At Appomattox, the Twentieth Maine was one of the regiments chosen to receive the surrender of General Lee's infantry, and Joshua Chamberlain, the Bowdoin professor who had become a general, was appointed to command the Union troops at the ceremony.
Considered by Civil War historians to be one of the best regimental histories ever written, this beloved standard of American history tells how Chamberlain and his men fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville on their way to the pivotal battle of Gettysburg, where their heroism earned them a place in the history books.

Reviews (1)

Superb accounting of the 20th Maine during the Civil War

Written by Anonymous on January 28th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is a very well-written and well-read history of the 20th Maine Regiment during the Civil War. It starts with their mustering and formation and continues through the early days in the Army of the Potomac. The book reaches its climax when it gets to the 20th Maine's war-turning performance during the Battle of Gettysburg, much of which hinged on Col. Joshua Chamberlain's leadership and natural military instincts. The story continues past Gettysburg until the last day and last battle of the war at Appomattox. The final CD recounts the aftermath of the battle and their march to Washington to perform in the victory parade. The book does an excellent job of balancing personal accounts, anecdotes, and military history to provide a detailed, but not overwhelming, history of the war and the 20th Maine's part in it.

Author Details

Author Details

Pullen, John J.

John J. Pullen was a renowned Civil War historian who also wrote Joshua Chmberlain: A Hero's Life and Legacy. He lived in Maine, writing about the Civil War until his death in 2003.