A place where family might have fought

When we finished driving the old Confederate battle lines, there is a tight turn east to begin the tour of the Union defensive line, a more compact two and a half mile line of defense that began at the Round Tops.

Of course, we found our way to Joshua Chamberlain’s marker for the 20th of Maine. According to Mum and Pop, this was where two of their ancient relations may have fought during the Battle of Gettysburg. But they really don’t know, since one died in a Baltimore hospital of wounds, and the other moved west to Ohio. Their own ancestor remained home in Upton, Maine on the family farm. The memorial is a discrete block of granite topped with a pyramid, overlooking the back door to the Union lines. Here, the terrain is as rocky and difficult to transverse today as it was during the confrontation between Mainers and the Confederates. Pop climbed down to get a view of the memorial from the Rebel’s point of view – what an impossible task it must have been to try to scale that hill in the heat of battle on a hot July day.

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