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30 review for Bayonet! Forward: My Civil War Reminiscences

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jewett

    Fabulous. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain never wrote a bad book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Josh Rankin

    This book is a collection of speeches and writings presented by General Chamberlain at different times many years after the war. Time did not seem to diminish Chamberlain’s recollections however, and the book is a fantastic insight into his magnanimous and principled character and how he dealt with the challenges inherent in his duty. A must read for those passionate about military history or leadership.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Oliver stahle

    It is great to read the words of someone who was actually there. Chamberlain shares some great insight into the Civil War and when he returned years later to the battlefield.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    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 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, through the violence at Gettysburg, to the battle at Petersburg (where he was badly wounded), to White Oak Road and Five Forks (and his dramatic encounters with the fiery Phil Sheridan), to Appomattox. The book concludes with the story of the Army of the Potomac's grand review in Washington D. C. after hostilities had ended. It is written in the style of the times, which seems somewhat overblown and overstylized today. Nonetheless, it provides one soldier's perspective on the War. In addition, there are a series of Appendices that flesh out Chamberlain's story (such as his comments at the dedication of the 20th Maine's monument at Gettysburg in 1889, Chamberlain's report on his and the 20th Maine's role at Gettysburg, his rendering of the last salute of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. The volume ends with a memoriam to Chamberlain upon his death. All in all, a useful book to gain a sense of the perspective of an important soldier in the Union Army, although flawed to some extent by some self-serving discussion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was an amazing, engrossing read. I was a fan of Chamberlain from the depiction of him in The Killer Angels and the movie Gettysburg, but to read his account first hand makes me more so. Being a college professor, you knew he could write well, but his writing is never dull or overly intellectual and never inflates his own ego. His descriptions of events come off as honest and humble and completely honorable. One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War I've ever read. This book can al This was an amazing, engrossing read. I was a fan of Chamberlain from the depiction of him in The Killer Angels and the movie Gettysburg, but to read his account first hand makes me more so. Being a college professor, you knew he could write well, but his writing is never dull or overly intellectual and never inflates his own ego. His descriptions of events come off as honest and humble and completely honorable. One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War I've ever read. This book can also be read by all young adults without too much difficulty who have an interest in Gettysburg or the Civil War. I've read this a few years ago just before reading Alice Trulock Rains' excellent biography "In the Hands of Providence", and this book still sticks in my mind.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Henry Chavez

    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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    rinabeana

    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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Chamberlain's firsthand account of several battles in the American Civil War is a little flowery to for my modern ears, but is otherwise a very interesting read. Chamberlain's firsthand account of several battles in the American Civil War is a little flowery to for my modern ears, but is otherwise a very interesting read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott Dunham

    An amazing look at the Civil War right from the guy who was there in the thick of it. Why isn't Joshua Chamberlain more well known? This man is an inspiration. An amazing look at the Civil War right from the guy who was there in the thick of it. Why isn't Joshua Chamberlain more well known? This man is an inspiration.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tena

  14. 4 out of 5

    Al Bonifacio

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mahlon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Star Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  18. 4 out of 5

    James Stephen Lorson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nick Bradford

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  21. 5 out of 5

    Walker

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Nicole

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

  25. 5 out of 5

    William

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Dempsey

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Arnett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark Huskins

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