Chamberlain, Joshua (1828 - 1914)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Author, educator, governor and Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was born in Brewer, ME and lived in Brunswick, ME. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1852 and Bangor Theological Seminary in 1855, then returned to Bowdoin to teach. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he left Bowdoin to join the Army as a Lieut. Col. of the 20th Maine regiment. He received the Medal of Honor for actions taken at Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg; was wounded 6 times; was promoted to Brigadier General; and received the Confederate surrender of arms on April 12, 1865. He later served as Maine's governor for 4 terms and as president of Bowdoin College.

Selected Bibliography

  • "Bayonet! Forward": my Civil War Reminiscences (1994)
  • The Passing of the Armies; an Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac, Based Upon Personal Reminiscences of the Fifth Army Corps (1915)
  • Joshua L. Chamberlain: A Life in Letters: The Previously Unpublished Letters of a Great Leader of The Civil War (2012)

Selected Websites