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MAJOR GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/11/1890 - HFSID 279447

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote this letter in 1890, saying that he couldn't speak out on a tariff, but adding that Massachusetts "has well enough rebuked the rash & headstrong extremists of the Republican party".

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JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote this letter in 1890, saying that he couldn't speak out on a tariff, but adding that Massachusetts "has well enough rebuked the rash & headstrong extremists of the Republican party".
Autograph letter signed "Joshua L. Chamberlain". 2 pages, 4¾x7¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, docketed on back of letter. New York, Nov. 11, 1890. In part: "Dear Mr Putnam Your favor asking me to speak on the Tariff question is Mr Hoar's canvass only came to me here yesterday. Could I consistently have done so I would cheerfully have taken part in the discussion, but it was next to impossible for me to break out... enveloped as I am in cases & responsibilities of business... However, massachusetts [sic] has well enough rebuked the rash & headstrong extremists of the Republi-can party. Sincerely yours". Colonel Chamberlain (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. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Tape residue inside and on back of letter. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.

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