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 Posted: Wed Nov 21st, 2007 04:31 pm
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Well, according to Edwin B. Coddington in his, "The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command", on page 395, paragraph 2, "As the Union line began to crumble on Little Round Top, Warren, vested with the authority of Meade's chief representative, emerged as the right man in the right place at the right time. He stood near the top of the hill, but the thick smoke obscured the scene of Vincent's brigade". Warren can only be credited with two contributions during the fight on Little Round Top: Alerting Syke's Fifth Corps to the fact that LRT was unoccupied save for a signal station, and reinforcing the line on LRT with Weed's brigade AFTER the 20th Maine's bayonet charge. It was Vincent who took the initiative to lead his brigade to LRT, and it was Chamberlain who ordered the infamous right-wheel forward. In fact, no one has ever been able to firmly establish that Warren was on LRT for the entire fight. And, just because Bruce Catton says something, that doesn't neccesarily make it true. Everyone is capable of being wrong, including Catton.

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