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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Company B, 20th Maine

 
 
Company B, 20th Maine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
1. Company B, 20th Maine Marker
Inscription. Position of Company B, 20th Me. Vols. Capt. Walter G. Morrill, detached as skirmishers attacking the enemy's right flank, afternoon of July 2, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 47.322′ N, 77° 14.091′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Wright Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located southeast of Little Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Twentieth Maine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9th Pennsylvania Reserves (about 700 feet away); Law's Brigade (about 800 feet away); Third Brigade (about 800 feet away); 10th Pennsylvania Reserves (about 800 feet away); The Tenacious 20th Maine (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9th Massachusetts Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. 20th Maine at Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Little Round Top. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Company B, 20th Maine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
2. Company B, 20th Maine Marker
The marker stands beside a stone wall, behind which the detachment took cover.
 

2. Report of Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain. Chamberlain records the effect of Morrill's skirmishers as the 20th Maine surged forward:
Meantime Captain Morrill with his skirmishers (sent out from my left flank), with some dozen or fifteen of the U.S. Sharpshooters who had put themselves under his direction, fell upon the enemy as they were breaking, and by his demonstrations, as well as his well-directed fire, added much to the effect of the charge. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Stone Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 11, 2008
3. The Stone Wall
In the late afternoon of July 2, Captain Morrill commanded a detachment of over 40 men from Company B, 20th Maine, reinforced by some men from the 2nd US Sharpshooters, which held this wall to prevent a wide flanking maneuver by the Confederates. When the main body of the 20th Maine made their famous bayonet charge, the men of Company B rose and fired on the reeling 15th Alabama. The ground east of the stone wall was open field at the time of the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,448 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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