Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
20th Maine Regiment
3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps
3d Brig, 1st Div, 5th Corps
Joshua L. Chamberlain
captured and held this
position on the evening
of July 2d, 1863, pursuing
the enemy from its front
on the line marked by
its monument below.
The reg't lost in the battle
130 killed and wounded
out of 358 engaged
this monument marks the
extreme left of the Union
line during the battle of
the 3d day.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1675.
Location. 39° 47.197′ N, 77° 14.37′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from South Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located on a trail to the crest of Big Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 119th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); 5th Pennsylvania Reserves (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Pennsylvania Reserves118th Pennsylvania Volunteers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9th Massachusetts Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 10th Pennsylvania Reserves (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Regiment Vermont Cavalry (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. 20th Maine at Gettysburg.
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1. Report of Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain. Perhaps just as important as the defense of Little Round Top, the 20th Maine lead the advance up Big Round Top in the evening of July 2:
It was now 9 p.m. Without waiting to get ammunition, but trusting in part to the very circumstance of not exposing our movement or our small front by firing, and with bayonets fixed, the little handful of 200 men pressed up the mountain side in very extended order, as the steep and jagged surface of the ground compelled. We heard squads of the enemy failing back before us, and, when near the crest, we met a scattering (Submitted on April 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 20th Maine Monument. SIRIS entry for the monument. (Submitted on April 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. "The Civil War in the East" unit history. (Submitted on May 22, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,660 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.