Profile of John J. Pullen, 82, of Brunswick, who wrote the highly readable "The
Profile of John J. Pullen, 82, of Brunswick, who wrote the highly readable "The Twentieth Maine," published in 1957, on the Civil War regiment that helped turn the tide at Gettysburg. Pullen, a trustee at the Pejepscot Historical Society, is now writing a book on the last years of Joshua Chamberlain, the general from Brunswick who led the regiment. Chamberlain was a former professor who later became governor. Pullen has become something of a celebrity, and his book is even more popular these day. His careful chronicling of the daily life of the common soldier set "The Twentieth Maine" apart from many history books, and even the London Times praised it. Pullen grew up on a farm in Amity and majored in history and English at Colby College in Waterville. He worked as a reporter and in advertising, leaving Maine for decades. Despite the fact that he has written several other historical books, Pullen does not consider himself a professional historian.
Authors, Pullen, John J
Ward, Ellen MacDonald, "Profile of John J. Pullen, 82, of Brunswick, who wrote the highly readable "The" (1996). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 2134.