L. Chamberlain's Pages
Chamberlain as Brevet Major General,
1865, care of Pejepscot Historical Society.
L. Chamberlain is perhaps most widely known for his role
in holding the Federal position on Little Round Top
during the Battle of Gettysburg. But before the war would
end, the unassuming college professor from Maine would
contribute much more than that.
Entering the Union army as a lieutenant colonel,
Chamberlain would serve in more than 20 engagements, be
wounded six times, and finish his service breveted Major
General. His final honor would come when General Ulysses
S. Grant designated him to receive the first flag of
surrender at Appomattox Court House. The defeated
Confederate troops, under the command of General John B.
Gordon, anticipated the ultimate humiliation. Instead,
they were met with honor and respect. For this, Gordon
remembered Chamberlain in his memoirs as "one of the
knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army."
Biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
"One of the
"A Bivouac with the
Dead" at Fredericksburg
"To the Rescue or
All is Lost!" at Gettysburg
The Battle on Little
Round Top at Gettysburg
Inspirational Words by Joshua
Page at this Web Site
Lawrence Chamberlain: "One of the Knightliest
Soldiers" - The story of Joshua Chamberlain's
life, including excerpts from some of his writings.
"A Bivouac with the Dead" - Featured on
this page is an excerpt from "My Story of
Fredericksburg," Chamberlain's account of the Battle
of Fredericksburg, and a photo of Fredericksburg.
"To the Rescue or All is Lost!" - This
page features an excerpt from "Through Blood and
Fire at Gettysburg," Chamberlain's account of the
battle on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Also included
is a photo that shows where the left of the Union line
was positioned that day on Little Round Top.
The Battle on Little Round Top at Gettysburg -
More excerpts from Chamberlain's "Through Blood and
Fire at Gettysburg" are featured on this page.
Photos show the Valley of Death as viewed from Little
Round Top, and Chamberlain as Brigadier General.
"Appomattox" - In this excerpt from The
Passing of the Armies, Chamberlain recalls details on
the surrender of arms. A photo of Appomattox Court House
shows the Surrender Triangle where Chamberlain met with
General John B. Gordon on April 12, 1865.
"The Disbandment" - This excerpt from
The Passing of the Armies describes Chamberlain's
thoughts when the Union Army disbanded. An image of the
Maltese Cross, symbol of the Fifth Corps, is included on
Inspirational Words by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
- Read quotations by Chamberlain, and see a picture of
him as Brigadier General. Also included on this page is a
photo of Petersburg National Battlefield.
Memorial Day Quotations - Chamberlain's quotations
on the event of Memorial Day are featured in this tribute
to Civil War veterans.
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