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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg    
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vpatrick
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20th Maine
Posted on: 1/18/2018 10:10:27 PM
I was just watching on You Tube a battlefield tour of Little Round Top (I think Wade Atkinson was guiding it) during the presentation I was wondering the whole time if Oates and his Alabama regiment were able to carry that side of Little Round Top with his depleted regiment would they be reinforced? I was hoping the video would answer that question but never came up. So in essence if Oates had forced the 20th Maine to retreat and he planted the Confederate flag on that side of Little Round Top how was he going to turn the Union flank with a beat up regiment? Were there Confederate reinforcements waiting in the wings to reinforce Oates if a breakthrough was made to follow up Oates's gains? It was also late in the day and even if there were some close by would they have been able organize and march up Little Round Top in the dark and really accomplish much of anything before the union found the necessary troops to push Oates and his Alabamians off the hill?

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Larry Purtell
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Re: 20th Maine
Posted on: 1/19/2018 10:31:47 AM
Excellent question. If Oates does take LRT holding ground isn't what the ANV needs to do. Fishers brigade of the 5th Corps (minus the 11th reserve which is detached with McCandless) is in the rear of LRT and hasn't been engaged. Off hand I can think of no reinforcements for Oates as all of Hood's and McLaw's troops are committed and attacking. More later on this after a little research.

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GregT
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Re: 20th Maine
Posted on: 1/19/2018 12:36:40 PM
Don't forget the little used 6th Corp which was only a few hundred yards away.
I think it could have handled anything Oates and any meager reinforcements that were available, which was next to none.
BTW it was the largest Corp in the AoP.

vpatrick
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Re: 20th Maine
Posted on: 1/19/2018 4:20:11 PM
Thanks guys for responding to my question I know the 20th Maine stuff has been beat to death over and over but the ranger giving the tour in the YOU Tube video didn't seem to high on Chamberlain, and now I can see why a little bit better...he really didn't save the day, General Goveneur Warren seems to be the real hero of little Round Top and July 2nd. The ranger also mentioned that the famous bayonet charge was in question as to how it happened between Chamberlain and his second in command. General Warren probably just didn't make good copy in Shaara's book since he never ran down a hill pointing a bayonet at Alabamians. I would also add what was the point of Oates even attacking if there is no hope to exploit his gains?
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Michigan Dave
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Re: 20th Maine
Posted on: 1/20/2018 8:31:46 PM
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This says it all as far as the 20th bayonet charge!
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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg    
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