MAJOR GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/18/1899 - HFSID 346024
JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAINThe highly-decorated Union officer pens this letter to a Judge Whitehouse in which he states that friendship is more important to him than any official title Autograph Letter signed: "Joshua L. Chamberlain" in black ink, 2p, 5¾x9 folded, 11¼x9 unfolded adjoined pages.
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JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAINThe highly-decorated Union officer pens this letter to a Judge Whitehouse in which he states that friendship is more important to him than any official title Autograph Letter signed: "Joshua L. Chamberlain" in black ink, 2p, 5¾x9 folded, 11¼x9 unfolded adjoined pages. Brunswick, Maine,1899 November 18. Toned. ¼-inch portion of paper loss at top edge of third page. Gently creased along top edge. ¾-inch tear along fold at bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned photo (b/w, 8x10). Ink transfer at lower left-hand corner. Gently bowed. Sticker adhered to verso. Stamped on verso. Otherwise, fine condition. To "Dear Judge Whitehouse". In part: "I do not know what I can say to you on receiving your letter of this morning…I feel that it does not matter so much now whether I receive any office or not; for the true prizes of life and the lasting reward of any possible well-being are in such recognition and friendship as are witnessed by your generous letters, and ensured by what I know of the hearts beneath them...". 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). Two items.
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