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July 27th, 2008

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Newsletter Vol.Vll No.6 of the
20th Maine Volunteer Regt., Co. B

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Joshua Chamberlain
Gettysburg, 2 July, 1863

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After Action Report on Gettysburg

Dear Sirs,

It is my great honor to report on our victory on the fields of Gettysburg, PA on the 6th of July. It is my belief that this victory shall be a turning point in this, the war that will restore our Great Union.

Our arrival on the 4th was marked by great commotion. Several companies, that had arrived prior to us, were drilling and streets were being set up all around us. Mounted cavalry were running about the Union camp as we assembled on our street. It was our hope that we would be able to rest shortly after our arrival, but it was not to be. A Confederate force arrived shortly before we did and mounted an assault. Our first battle was a delaying action near Willoughby Run. The Confederates had greater numbers and proceeded to push us back to a rock wall. We had assumed defensive positions in defensive positions in an effort to hold off the rebel advance until our boys could arrive.

We fell back to Cemetery Ridge. Our reinforcements had arrived in great number the following day and we were now in a position to overpower the advancing Confederate Army. Our boys showered the Rebs with cannon and musket fire. “My God!” it was a sight. The smoke was so thick you at times, lose sight of the infantry. After a sort time of fierce combat, we had halted the Confederate advance.

We managed to hold the Confederates at bay until the second day. Our left flank had been left woefully exposed and the Rebs sought to exploit it. Colonel Vincent, seeing the exposure, dispatched several regiments including the 20th Maine to hold Little Round Top. We spread out thinly along the hill and waited for a Confederate advance. We did not wait long. They stormed the hill and we fired a rain of hell upon them. As they reeled and fell back, Company B of the 20th Maine charged out from below the hill and threw the Confederate line into utter disarray. The Confederate regiment, which we later learned was the 15th Alabama, had suffered greatly. Many were captured. Many more were killed.

The final day of battle saw a great charge by the Confederate forces under General Pickett. We had not expected such an assault, not after the beating they received the day before. Confederate artillery fired shot after shot across the field for what seemed like an eternity. Our return of their barrages was met with a great rise in the boys’ spirits as we faced the enemy. As the barrage abated, the Confederate infantry began to march across the field. I found myself taken aback at the apparent futility of the maneuver. From my position in the Union line, I could see our cannon shot creating great holes in the sea of grey that was advancing. Two regiments from Ohio had inflicted so much damage on the advancing Rebs that they fled in terror. I admit freely that, although these men were in secession that they are still Americans. It was indeed a sorrowful sight to see wave after wave of them falling to cannon and musket fire.

Lee’s forces retreated and we are now holding the field. I and the rest of my regiment are now at rest and are happy of it.

In kind regards, I remain, your most obdt. Servant,
Pvt. Jos. Audette
20th Maine Regt. Co, B

 

 

COMPANY
EVENTS

June

27-29 Acadian Festival
Madawaska

July

4-6 145th Gettysburg
4 Thomaston Parade

11-13 Scarborough's 350th

18-20 Maine Potato
Blossom Festival
Ft. Fairfield, Me.

25-27 Bucksport Bay Festival
Ft. Knox, Prospect, Maine, Meeting.

August

12-14 Brownville Extravaganza 

22-24 Chamberlain Days - Brunswick

September

12-14 Ft. Knox - Prospect, Me., Meeting

October

3-5 Leonard's Mills, Bradley

31-Nov.1 Fright Night at Fort Knox, Meeting

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Company News

The June meeting was held at the Acadian Festival with a small turnout of
Company B. The topic was primarily of upcoming events.

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    Newsletter by:
 Bvt Cor. PJ Smith
    Sec/Treasurer
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