Search This Blog

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Uphill, Downhill

In chapter 19 (p. 601), we have a photo essay on Union Army hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, an example of the "citizen soldier."

In a profile of Steve Israel (D-NY), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, The New York Times reports: “Mr. Israel, a Civil War buff, professes to love uphill battles. He often cites one at Gettysburg, when Union soldiers, their ammunition gone, charged with bayonets and took a crucial hill.”

The reference is to Chamberlain, who led Union troops at Little Round Top.

Just one problem: Chamberlain charged downhill.