The 20th Maine charged down the hill, with the left wing wheeling continually to make the charging line swing like a hinge, capturing of the Confederate soldiers and successfully saving the flank. The 20th Maine fought at the Battle of Fredericksburgsuffering relatively small numbers of casualties in the assaults on Marye's Heights, but were forced to spend a miserable night on the freezing battlefield among the many wounded from other regiments.
We had gotten our thin line into as good a shape as possible, when a strong force emerged from the scrub wood in the valley, as well as I could judge, in two lines in echelon by the right, and, opening a heavy fire, the first line came on as if they meant to sweep everything before them.
Instructions had been given; and when the head of each division column comes opposite our group, our bugle sounds the signal and instantly our whole line from right to left, regiment by regiment in succession, gives the soldier's salutation, from the "order arms" to the old "carry"—the marching salute.
The bullets from this attack struck into my left rear, and I feared that the enemy might have nearly surrounded the Little Round Top, and only a desperate chance was left for us.
Gordon was assigned the task to surrender all arms to Gen. He served on the faculty of, and as president of, his alma mater, Bowdoin College. His victory in set the record for the most votes and the highest percentage for any Maine governor by that time.
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