MAJOR GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/30/1896 - HFSID 309248
Sale Price $1,530.00
JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN
Letter recommending employment of an art student, and discussing the future of the Stinson Institute for Artist-Artisans, which Chamberlain served as President for in the 1890s.
Autograph Letter signed: "J. L Chamberlain", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. Brunswick, Maine, 1894 August 30. To "Dear Friend", in full: "I got home last evening from a yacht cruise and found your very kind letter. I hasten to acknowledge your generous interest in Miss Edmunds behalf, & to say for her that she will most gladly the conditions you suggest as to residence & strict activities to her work proposed. She will immediately send you specimens of her work, not intended for special use but only studies for her own practice. I feel confident knowing her & her ability, that she will most successfully fulfill the conditions of the place you so kindly suggest. I will shortly say more in regard to the Institute. We are making a strenuous effort to carry the school on, with what success (in the probably absence for a tim) of Mr. Stinson) I cannot as yet feel sure. In much haste to acknowledge your kindness I am yours". Joshua LawrenceChamberlain (1828-1914, born in Brewer, Maine), formerly a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine, commanded the 20th Maine in its famous defense of Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. His unit was posted as left flank of the Union Army and fended off repeated Confederate attacks throughout the day. Chamberlain broke the Confederate lines by a bayonet charge. Chamberlain, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honorfor this action,received the only battlefield promotion to General in the Civil War. 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, then carried to the rear, where a surgeon declared that he would certainly die from the wound (he did, 50 years later). At Appomattox Courthouse (April 9, 1865), Brevet Major General Chamberlain was chosen to accept the Confederate surrender. He then ordered Union troops to present arms to their former enemy as a mark of respect. Chamberlain was Governor of Maine from 1867 to 1871 and president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine from 1871 to 1883. The addressee was a Mr. Lawrence, the head of a New York commercial art company and also a faculty member of New York City's Stinson Institute for Artist-Artisans, which Chamberlain served as President in the 1890s. Frayed at left edge from binding. Mailing folds and creased. Ink lightly smeared, but legible. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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