Maine at War: May 2021

Of all its fights, the 20th Maine Infantry became famous for its stand amidst the rocks and trees of Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Busted to private by a sadistic officer, the former Sgt. George Washington Buck would be mortally wounded here. (Brian F. Swartz Photo)

Here’s what our friend, Brian Swartz, was up to in May at his blog, Maine at War:

May 5: Fort Knox slates mid-July Civil War encampment
Fort Knox, the largest casemate fort on the East Coast, will host a large-scale Civil War encampment in mid-July 2021. Civil War buffs are excited!

May 12: 20th Maine: the warrior and the bastard, part 1
Determined to help save the Union, the young George Washington Buck joins the 20th Maine Infantry and heads to the front. He cannot imagine the fate awaiting him — nor the Yankee bastard who will almost beat him to death.

May 19: Hell dumps a bastard on the 20th Maine, part 2
As the 20th Maine Infantry licks its Fredericksburg wounds, a new quartermaster appears at the regiment’s camp in Stafford County. He’s a ripe young bastard, and he’s out to bully, berate, and literally bash sick soldiers when Adelbert Ames is not looking.

May 26: A warrior goes to glory, a bastard to prison, part 3
Mortally wounded at Little Round Top, the 20th Maine’s George Washington Buck lies somewhere at Gettysburg, his grave unidentified. The bastard who tormented him survives the war, but commits one crime too many a few years later.

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