MAJOR GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 10/12/1867 - HFSID 179488
Sale Price $2,337.50
Check to a local stonecutter.
Partly Printed Check signed: "J.L. Chamberlain", 7x2¾. Brunswick, Me., 1867 October 12. Drawn on the First National Bank of Brunswick. Payable to D.M. Melcher for $65.00. Affixed at left is a 2-cent U.S. Internal Revenue stamp picturing Washington. D.M. Melcher & Co., Brunswick, Maine, was a stonecutter company that erected monuments in cemeteries. Colonel Chamberlain, formerly a professor at Bowdoin College, Maine, commanded the 20th Maine in its famous defense of Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863. His unit was posted as left flank of the Union Army and fended off repeated Confederate attacks throughout the day. He broke the Confederate lines by a bayonet charge. Chamberlain, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honorfor his actions that day,received the only battlefield promotion to General in the Civil War. 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 Republican Governor of Maine (1866-1970), then assumed the presidency of Bowdoin. His severe war wounds eventually killed him in 1914. Folds, light vertical folds touch the "J" and between the "rl". Lightly shaded at blank left and upper edges. Embossed bank stamp touches payee's last name. Vertical folds touch the "J" and the "r" in Chamberlain. Overall, fine condition.
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