The Lion of Round Top

The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War

Hans G Myers

The true savior of Little Round Top at Gettysburg was a 26-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer, who paid with his life to defend that hill. This is the story of Strong Vincent.
Date Published :
May 2022
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Contributor(s) :
Dr Frank P Varney
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10 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241111
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The story of the true savior of Little Round Top at Gettysburg—a 26-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer, who paid with his life to defend that hill.

Citizen-soldier Strong Vincent was many things: Harvard graduate, lawyer, political speaker, descendent of pilgrims and religious refugees, husband, father, brother. But his greatest contribution to history is as the savior of the Federal left on the second day at Gettysburg, when he and his men held Little Round Top against overwhelming Confederate numbers. Forgotten by history in favor of his subordinate, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Vincent has faded into relative obscurity in the decades since his death.

This book restores Vincent to his rightful place among the heroes of the battle of Gettysburg: presenting his life story using new, never-before-published sources and archival material to bring the story of one of the most forgotten officers of the American Civil War back to the attention of readers and historians.

About The Author

Hans G. Myers is an historian from Erie, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania (Class of 2019) and the University of Indianapolis (2021), Myers served as the inaugural Gerald and Marjorie Morgan Graduate Student Assistant in History at the University of Indianapolis. He studies social and military history in the nineteenth-century United States.

Frank Varney earned his undergraduate degree at William Paterson University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is a recently retired Distinguished Professor of U.S. and Classical History and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. Dr. Varney is available to take student groups to historic sites—especially Civil War battlefields—and makes frequent speaking appearances before Civil War roundtables, historical societies, and other interested groups. He has been the keynote speaker at several veterans’ memorial dedications and has made numerous radio and TV appearances.


Introduction: The Vanishing of Vincent
The Strongs and The Vincents: Early Life, Education, and Courtship
January to August 1861: Lieutenant Vincent of "The Erie Regiment"
August 1861 to March 1862: The Eighty-Third Pennsylvania
Late March to September 1862: The Swamps of the Chickahominy
October 1862 to January 1863: Colonel Vincent
January to April 1863: "I enlisted to fight"
May to June 1863: "I wish he were a brigadier-general"
July 1, 1863: March to Mortality
July 2, 1863: The Lion of Round Top
July 3 to July 7, 1863: The Road to Immortality
The Path to Being Forgotten: The Legacy of Strong Vincent


"H.G. Myers has burst upon the scene of Civil War historical writing much like Strong Vincent and his brigade burst among the Confederates at Little Round top on July 2, 1863. He has written a definitive biography of Chamberlain's superior officer, retrieving for Vincent much of the game he once enjoyed for saving the key hill and, quite possibly, the Union army at Gettysburg. Myers' crisp, well-researched narrative reminds us of the best that biographical history offers while avoiding its many pitfalls. This is an excellent work."

- Christian B. Keller, Prof. of History and Director of the Military History Program, U.S. Army War College

"When Strong Vincent surrendered his life at Gettysburg, he ceded to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain the ground on which to shape a carefully crafted memory of the Union's defense of Little Round Top. With brisk prose and sound analysis, H. G. Myers reappraises the events on July 2, 1863, to position Vincent as the rightful hero who held the Federal left flank. Without Vincent's bold initiative and selfless courage, the Army of the Potomac may well have shattered on that fateful summer day."

- Andrew F. Lang, Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University, a recipient of the Society of Civil War Historians' Tom Watson Brown Book Award, and a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

"Modern scholarship and popular culture have pushed Strong Vincent into the shadows and increasingly minimized his central contributions to the defense of Little Round Top and the Federal victory at Gettysburg. H. G. Myers judicious biography of this nearly forgotten soldiers goes a long way toward fleshing out the man and restoring the soldier to his rightful place in the Gettysburg pantheon."

- Kenneth W. Noe, author of 'The Howling Storm'

"The fighting at Gettysburg Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, stands as an iconic moment in the American Civil War. The Lion of Round Top rightfully places Colonel Strong Vincent among the panoply of Federal soldiers who successfully secured the Army of the Potomac's left flank that fateful day."

- Jennifer M. Murray, Oklahoma State University and author of 'On a Great Battlefield'

"Myers has met the most formidable of challenges. Although well known for his actions during the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Strong Vincent has never received the full biographical attention lavished on less interesting and less deserving topics. Myers, in his well-reasoned and well-researched work, provides a thorough account of Vincent's life and career, tragically cut short at Gettysburg... in his first major monograph, has further announced himself as a promising young historian from whom more great work is expected."

- Steven J. Ramold, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

“A valued and appreciated contribution to American Civil War history, this military biography clearly and informatively rescues from an undeserved obscurity on of the Union's key commanders at the battle of Gettysburg. An absorbing read from cover to cover.”

- Midwest Book Review

“In what is his first book Myers, a promising young historian, has written a first rate treatment of the life of this largely forgotten general, which will help the both scholars and buffs better understand who was the actual “Lion of Little Round Top”.”

- NYMAS Review

“Well researched and readable, The Lion of Round Top provides insight into the making of a brigade commander that excelled at Gettysburg.”


"In this latest treatment, Myers aims to correct what he deems “the vanishing” of Strong Vincent at the hands of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain [...] Myers’s argument was cogent and well made."

- Emerging Civil War

“Myers will do his best to convince us that Erie, as well as the man he calls “the Lion of Little Round Top,” have reason to roar… It is now for lay readers to enjoy the story of the indisputably valiant and highly effective Col. Vincent, who was promoted to brigadier general after the battle, and for historians, as the author states, “to tilt at the windmills of truth” and determine who, if anyone, was the real Lion of Little Round Top.”

- The Erie Times-News

“For an unknown Union officer, Myers has done well to provide the facts of his life and a cogent argument that Vincent deserves much more credit, not only for a short life lived but for a decision which ultimately affected a battle’s outcome and possibly the fate of a nation.”

- The Journal of America's Military Past

“Erie, Pennsylvania historian Hans G. Myers brings to life an overlooked Gettysburg hero… [weaving] into his book historical personages and events as they relate to Vincent and reveals the Erie warrior’s bravery at Fredericksburg… The Lion of Round Top is a good, well-researched biography certainly worth the read.”

- Maine at War

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