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Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain's Charge at Gettysburg

 
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Awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry at Gettysburg!

12 3/4 x 10 1/2, full color print, titled "Chamberlain's Charge." This iconic scene shows Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain leading the charge of his 20th Maine Infantry down Little Round Top, at the battle of Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863. Executed from the original painting by Mort Kunstler. Printed on quality stock, with vivid colors, this calendar print is very suitable for framing or display.

Joshua L. Chamberlain: (1828-1914) he was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine Infantry on Aug. 8, 1862. Chamberlain's qualities were tested in the sharp engagement at Shepherdstown Ford immediately after the battle of Antietam in September, and in the terrible experiences of his command in the disastrous battle of Fredericksburg in December where he certainly won his master's degree in military education. In May, 1863, he was made colonel of his regiment, having already acted in that capacity for three months. At Gettysburg, July 2, he held the extreme left of the Union line, and his conduct on that occasion in the memorable defense of Little Round Top won for him the admiration of the army and public fame, and he was recognized by the government in the bestowal of the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous personal gallantry and distinguished service." He was immediately placed in command of a division, which he handled with marked skill in the action at Rappahannock Station. At Spotsylvania Court House in May, 1864, he was placed in command of nine picked regiments to make a night assault on an impregnable point of the enemy's works. By remarkable judgment and skill he gained the position, but in the morning it was found to be commanded on both flanks by the enemy in force, therefore utterly untenable, and the withdrawal ordered was more difficult than the advance had been. Shortly afterward came the sharp engagements on the Totopotomy and the North Anna, and the terrible battles of Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor, where his coolness of judgment and quickness of action drew special commendation. He made the desperate charge on Rives' salient in the Petersburg lines, where Gen. Grant promoted him on the field to the rank of brigadier general "for gallant conduct in leading his brigade against a superior force of the enemy." In this assault he was seriously wounded and reported dead, but after two months of intense suffering he returned to his command. In the last campaign of the war, with two brigades he led the advance of the infantry with Sheridan, and made the brilliant opening fight on the Quaker Road, March 29, 1865, where he was twice wounded (in the left arm and breast), and his horse was shot out under him. His conduct again drew attention of the government, and he was promoted to the brevet rank of major general "for conspicuous gallantry" in this action. He distinguished himself on the White Oak Road, March 31, although much disabled by his wounds; and in the battle of Five Forks, April 1, his skillful handling of troops received special official mention. In the final action at Appomattox Court House, April 9, he was called by Gen. Sheridan to replace his leading division of cavalry, and the first flag of truce from Longstreet came to him. His corps commander says in an official report: "In the final action Gen. Chamberlain had the advance, and was driving the enemy rapidly before him when the announcement of the surrender was made." At the formal surrender of Lee's army he was designated to command the parade before which that army laid down the arms and colors of the Confederacy. At the final grand review in Washington, his division had the honor of being placed at the head of the column of the Army of the Potomac, and his troops, fresh from the surrender at Appomattox, were received by the thronging spectators as might be imagined. Returning to Maine he was offered the choice of several diplomatic offices abroad, but almost as soon as he was out of the army, he was elected governor of the state by the largest majority ever given in that commonwealth. His administration was very satisfactory and he continued in that office for four terms. In 1871 Chamberlain was elected president of Bowdoin college, and held that position until 1883, when he resigned, although continuing to lecture.



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