Tag Archives: Adelbert Ames

Open your mouth and say “ah”

In the summer of 1862, prospective recruits joining the five new infantry regiments forming in Maine faced one gauntlet not run by the volunteers of ’61: tougher medical exams. Fourteen months earlier, doctors had approved recruits because they had sufficient fingers and toes and a palpable pulse. Stunned by vast numbers of soldiers medically discharged […]

20th Maine survivors hugged Mother Earth at Fredericksburg

Orders sent Col. Adelbert Ames, Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain, and the 20th Maine Infantry up the body-strewn slope of Marye’s Heights in late afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1862. Orders and Confederate bullets kept the surviving Maine boys there until early Monday, Dec. 15. During the human slaughter known as Fredericksburg, Union troops repeatedly ascended […]