This book, written by Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, is an interesting first person look at his experiences in the war. While some of his passages are self-serving and do not necessarily reflect what actually happened (e.g his and the 20th Maine's actions at Little Round Top during the battle at Gettysburg), this is a good rendering of one person's account of his experiences. The book provides a tour of Chamberlain's part in the War, beginning with his engagement at Fredericksburg, [...]
I very much enjoyed this compilation of the general's storied service and comments of those most terrible times. It is really well written and in the character of that time. The pieces are ordered in such a way as to provide a progression of the conflict and the aftermath that followed the general. Five stars.
An interesting book about the recollections of a Union General Who fought at Gettysburg, Petersburg and Appomattox Courthouse. Sometimes it was a little hard to follow when he described the battles. However, his speeches after the Civil War still ring true today and should be read by politicans today.
Well, I spent 9 months reading this book, though it tended to be in short spurts with long respites in between. I will admit that parts seemed a bit dry (blow-by-blow descriptions of battles), but I really liked Chamberlain's post-war addresses. He was certainly a man of eloquence! His accounts of Gettysburg and Appomattox alone are worth reading.
I am not that slow of a reader, just haven't been updating. I am a fan of Chamberlain, and am biased. However if you want to read of both Civil War and post Civil War writings of a great 19th century hero this is your book.
too detailed on battles. Enjoyed more his written stories after the Civil war and the people he wrote about. A man who God used to do his work. A man with courage, conviction, and ability which God used at the right time to make a big difference.