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Title:
Soul of the lion; a biography of General Joshua L. Chamberlain
Author:
Wallace, Willard Mosher, 1911-2000.
Publication Information:
Gettysburg, Pa. : Stan Clark Military Books, 1995.

©1960
Physical Description:
357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781879664005

9781879664012
Format :
Book

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Central Library E467.1.C47 W3 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a born soldier but he planned to be a missionary. A graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, he was an instructor at Bowdoin in College when the Civil War broke out and he discovered his true vocation. His military career was one of exceptional gallantry. He was an officer always in the thick of battle. Fourteen horses were shot under him, and finally he was terribly wounded, yet recovered to fight in the closing campaign of the war. He was designated to receive the surrender of the Confederate infantry after the Appomattox meeting of Grant and Lee, and he played the role with magnanimity.

Chamberlain's peacetime career was no less notable. Four times he was elected Governor of the State of Maine, and later became president of Bowdoin College. In 1880 Chamberlain, unarmed and alone, faced down a mob that threatened to kill him. With magnificent courage, he said: "I am here to see that the laws of this state are put into effect....If anybody wants to kill me for it, here I am." Willard Wallace has told with sympathy, insight and understanding, the life story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.


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