Shower of Stars

The Medal of Honor and the 27th Maine

John Pullen

 
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
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Paperback
ISBN : 9780811736664

Dimensions : 220 X 141 mm
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Overview
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Since 1941 the Medal of Honor has been more often awarded to dead than to living men. Of all the medals issues by the United States Government, this singular medal has had a particularly solemn glory attached to its meaning. But a look at its history reveals that, from its inception, it was steeped in controversy, with threats to its integrity swirling in from all sides.
Author John. J. Pullen, during the course of research on the 20th Maine, came across an obscure note indicating that the 27th Maine, a group of nine-month volunteers from York Country, had been issued 864 Medals of Honor—one for every member of the regiment—while the 20th main, having distinguished itself at Little Round Top, garnered only four such medals. Was this discovery the beginning of an untold story of extraordinary bravery, or was it an outrageous blunder? Civil War literature yielded nothing about this wholesale "shower of stars” that had rained down upon the little-known regiment. And, as Pullen tracked down its descendants, he f