The Battle on Little Round Top at Gettysburg
on July 1 through 3, 1863 in a sleepy farm town in
Pennsylvania, the Battle of Gettysburg would later be
regarded by historians as the turning point of the Civil
War. After three days of brutal combat the two armies
suffered more than 51,000 casualties.
View from Little Round Top of the Valley of Death. Photo
from "Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg"
Death's Soft Whisper
...I thought of those other noble men of every type, commanders all, who bore their wounds so bravelymany to meet their end on later fieldsand those on whose true hearts further high trusts were to be laid. Nor did I forget those others, whether their names are written on the scrolls of honor and fame, or their dust left on some far field and nameless herenameless never to me, nor nameless, I trust in God, where they are to-night....
Unforgotten Sons of God
did not know it themselvesthose boys of ours whose
remembered faces in every home should be cherished
symbols of the true, for life or deathwhat were
their lofty deeds of body, mind, heart, soul, on that
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, "Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg," 1913 (Pennsylvania: Stan Clark Military Books, 1994), pp. 28-29.
Above: Image of Brigadier General Joshua L. Chamberlain, 1864, courtesy of the Library of Congress.