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My dead and wounded were nearly as great in number as those still on duty. They literally covered the ground. The blood stood in puddles in some places on the rocks; the ground was soaked with the blood of as brave men as ever fell on the red field of battle… Colonel William C. Oates, 15th Alabama, at Little Round Top

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Storming Little Round Top : the 15th Alabama and their fight for the high ground, July 2, 1863  Phillip Thomas Tucker  Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c 2002  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 342 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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The fight for Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, is forever etched in the annals of America’s Civil War. The defense of the high ground by Joshua Chamberlain and the men of the 20th Maine is one of the most famous incidents in American history.

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There are numerous written accounts of the Union defenders on Little Round Top but considerably less has been written-up to now-about the Confederate attackers who charged up the hill and faced an even more desperate challenge than those who defended it. This new study brings to life the men and officers of the 15th Alabama who gathered that day to assault the Union flank.

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The lively narration of this dramatic engagement is both detailed and authoritative. Civil War author Phillip Tucker evokes the men and the times -from descriptions of the Alabamans’ Chattahoochee River valley home to sketches of the lives and personalities of William C. Oates and other key members of the regiment.

Little Roundtop, Gettysburg National Military Park

 

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