Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of Gettysburg. It was the site of an unsuccessful of Confederate troops against Union troops on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Chamberlain of the 20th Maine ordered a maneuver that was considered unusual for the day: He ordered his left flank, which had been pulled back, to advance with bayonets in a "right-wheel forward" maneuver. Although Chamberlain decided to order the charge before Lt. Melcher requested permission to advance the center of the line toward a boulder ledge where some of the men were wounded and unable to move, Melcher did engage first. As Melcher returned to his men, the shouts of "Bayonet!" were already working their way down the line. It is widely accepted that Chamberlain ordered the advance and Melcher was the first to engage.
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