In August of 1862, a new regiment of volunteers was being formed in the state of Maine. The 20th regiment. Their Colonel was a West Point graduate named Adelbert Ames, already hardened by battle. He was so disgusted by the sight of these new recruits that he told them all to "desert and go home". But of course they didn't. Their Lietenant Colonel was an obscure theology professor named Joshua Chamberlain, who received his commission by political appointment. Yet by the end of the war, he rose to the rank of Major General, won the Congressional Medal of honor, and was chosen by Ulysses S. Grant to receive the surrender of the Confederates. DVD. 55 min. Color/black & white.