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The Ballad of the 20th Maine
Andrew Jackson Tozier was a first sergeant in the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment and later the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment who was awarded the Medal of Honor as a result of service during the American Civil War.
The citation is simple enough: "At the crisis of the engagement this soldier, a color bearer, stood alone in an advanced position, the regiment having been borne back, and defended his colors with musket and ammunition picked up at his feet."
Upon his death in March of 1910 at age 72 he is buried in the LItchfield Plains Cemetery
In all 67 soldiers and seaman from Maine received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions during the American Civil War.
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Ballad of the 20th Maine - Lyrics
My name is Andrew Tozier, I'm a child of Litchfield Maine
And I left my only family for the sea, the salt, and rain
When Lincoln called the banners in 1861
Well I joined the union army for the land that I am from
We were baptized by fire, in the battle of Bull Run
And we fought our southern brothers, in the wind, the snow, and sun
And when our time was over, I heard the Governor say
Keep fighting for the union, for just another day
So we joined the lion of Bowdoin, Chamberlain his name
and we marched once more toward battle as the 20th of Maine
If we should die today, then dream a dream of heaven
Take your northern hearts with you to the grave
Be proud and true you are a union soldier
Stand fast, ye are the boys of Maine
Well, our western flank, it was missing
As the confederates, they pushed on
And I fought them tooth and nail
Our ammunition all but gone
And alone I stood with colors
I was Flying proud and true
For to let my northern brothers know
the battle was not through
And then appeared our lion, he was roaring bayonets
Charging down the mountain with what forces we had left
'Cause we're as steadfast as Katahdin,
We're as hard as winter's rain
Go straight to hell with your rebel yell
We are the boys of Maine
And if we should die today, then dream a dream of heaven
And take your northern hearts with you to the grave
Be proud and true you are a union soldier
Stand fast, ye are the boys
Stand fast, ye are the boys
Stand fast, ye are the boys of Maine


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