Twilight at Little Round Top: July 2, 1863--The Tide Turns at Gettysburg by Glenn W. LaFantasieTHE BATTLE OF LITTLE ROUND TOP AS IT HAS NEVER BEFORE SEEN-THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT THERE
Here is the real story of the epic fight for Little Round Top, shorn of the mythology long obscuring this pivotal Gettysburg moment. A vivid and eloquent book. --Stephen W. Sears, author of Gettysburg
Little Round Top has become iconic in Civil War literature and American memory. In the emotional recollection of our great war, if there was one speck on the landscape that decided a battle and the future of a nation, then surely this was it. The story of the July 2, 1863 struggle for that hill outside Gettysburg goes deeper into our consciousness than that, however. The men who fought for it then and there believed it to be decisive, and that is why they died for it. Glenn W. LaFantasies Twilight at Little Round Top addresses that epic struggle, how those warriors felt then and later, and their physical and emotional attachment to a piece of ground that linked them forever with their nations fate. This is military and social history at its finest. --W.C. Davis, author of Lincolns Men and An Honorable Defeat
Few military episodes of the Civil War have attracted as much attention as the struggle for Little Round Top on the second day of Gettysburg. This judicious and engaging book navigates confidently through a welter of contradictory testimony to present a splendid account of the action. It also places events on Little Round Top, which often are exaggerated, within the broader sweep of the battle. All readers interested in the battle of Gettysburg will read this book with enjoyment and profit. --Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War
In his beautifully written narrative, Glenn LaFantasie tells the story of the battle for Little Round Top from the perspective of the soldiers who fought and died in July 1863. Using well-chosen quotes from a wide variety of battle participants, TWILIGHT puts the reader in the midst of the fight--firing from behind boulders with members of the 4th Alabama, running up the hillside into battle with the men of the 140th New York, and watching in horror as far too many men die. This book offers an elegy to the courage of those men, a meditation on the meaning of war, and a cautionary tale about the sacrifices nations ask of their soldiers and the causes for which those sacrifices are needed. --Amy Kinsel, Winnrer of the 1993 Allan Nevins Prize for From These Honored Dead: Gettysburg in American Culture
Gettysburg (1993) ~Little Round Top (part one)
20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Warren, chief engineer of the Army of the Potomac, rushes troops to Little Round Top; they arrived minutes before the Confederates did The 20th Maine Regiment charges late in the battle, foiling a flanking attempt by the 15th Alabama. The Union left flank was preserved by an ad hoc collection of troops sent by Chief Engineer Gouverneur K. The hill only became known as Little Round Top well after the battle was fought. At the time of the Battle Of Gettysburg , it was known locally by various names including Sugar Loaf. The higher peak nearby was known as Round Top at the time of the battle.
A few months ago, prior to the arrival of the frigid weather we are now enjoying, I had the pleasure of bringing a group of visitors around Little Round Top. It was a fairly predictable tour. Our final stop of the program was at the 20 th Maine Monument, which is situated on a shelf of rocks well below the summit and nearly on its reverse slope. I usually stop here last whenever I bring visitors around Little Round Top. It is a relatively non-descript place, covered with boulders and rocks like the rest of the hill. Unlike the western slope, this part of Little Round Top is completely wooded. Visibility here is, at best, a hundred yards; much less in the summer when heavy vegetation covers the field.
Late in the afternoon of July 2, , on a boulder-strewn hillside in southern Pennsylvania, Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain dashed headlong into history, leading his 20th Maine Regiment in perhaps the most famous counterattack of the Civil War. Numerous books and even the popular movie Gettysburg have helped fuel adulation for the Union officer. But did Chamberlain really deserve the credit he received? Or, to put it another way, did he deserve all the credit? Answering that question adequately requires taking another look at the Battle of Gettysburg and the hell-raising fighting that occurred among the scattered stones of Little Round Top. On June 28, as the bulk of the Federal troops enjoyed a brief respite near Frederick, Md.
The 20th Maine's left flank marker on the Gettysburg where it was stationed on Little Round Top hill at the.
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The Battle's Critical Second Day Hinged on Heroics on a Bloody Hill
T he story goes like this: years ago today, Little Round Top was the key to the Union position at the battle of Gettysburg. If the Confederates had taken the hill, they would have won the battle. If the Confederates had won the battle, they would have won the war. But the Confederates didn't take the hill, because a professor of languages and rhetoric from Bowdoin College commanded a bunch of Mainers in a heroic defence and, when their ammunition ran out, an even more heroic bayonet charge. Would that it were true. The only other actor I'd have play Chamberlain would be the other great Jeff, Jeff Bridges, but as he rode with Quantrill we'll count him out for now.