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MAJOR GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/06/1911 - HFSID 277244

JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN The hero of the Battle of Gettysburg expressing his gratitude for receiving a photo of President Lincoln from Frederick Meserve, famed collector of Lincoln and Civil War photos Autograph Letter signed: "Joshua L.

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JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN The hero of the Battle of Gettysburg expressing his gratitude for receiving a photo of President Lincoln from Frederick Meserve, famed collector of Lincoln and Civil War photos Autograph Letter signed: "Joshua L. Chamberlain" in black ink, 1p, 7x10½, matted and framed to an overall size of 22½x17½. Also enclosed in the glass fronted frame are an unsigned photo of Chamberlain in uniform (b/w, 4¼x6¼) and a caption printed on paper. Portland, Maine, 1911 February 6. To Frederick H. Meserve, New York City. In full: "I thank you for your most courteous letter and the rare little photographic portrait of Lincoln, which I shall much value. I renew my congratulations on your most interesting work and assure you of my interest in its reaching our libraries. With high regards, yours". JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN (1828-1914), formerly a college professor and later the President of Bowdoin College, commanded the 20th Maine regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg, where he held the extreme left flank on Little Round Top, a service for which he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Assigned to brigade command in June 1864, he was wounded 12 days later in the assault on Petersburg. Chamberlain was promoted to Brigadier General on the spot by General Grant, and then carried to the rear, where a surgeon declared that he would certainly die from the wound; he did, albeit 50 years later. At Appomattox, Chamberlain was given the honor of commanding the troops that formally accepted the surrender of the Confederate Army. (He ordered a salute to the defeated Confederate troops as they filed past, a gesture much appreciated in the South but used against him later by political foes in Maine.) After the war he served as Governor of Maine (1866-1870). The addressee, Frederick Meserve, was in the process of cataloging the works of Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. FREDERICK MESERVE was the foremost collector of Lincoln and Civil War photographic materials (paper prints, glass negatives, and daguerrotypes). Some of these works are now displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. The rest of the collection, now called the Meserve-Kunhardt collection, remains in the possession of Meserve's heirs and is an essential tool of Lincoln scholarship. These photos were used to illustrate the 1992 TV documentary, Lincoln. Light mailing folds. Minor spots on the matting. Otherwise, fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. Not reviewed by us for conservation integrity. "As is" framing purchase.

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