Joshua Chamberlain: The Soldier and the Man

Joshua Chamberlain: The Soldier and the Man

Joshua Chamberlain: The Soldier and the Man

Joshua Chamberlain: The Soldier and the Man

Synopsis

This biography focuses on impartial narratives and official documentation to give a complete account of Joshua Chamberlain at war and his mixed contribution to ultimate victory.

Excerpt

Every age and every society needs its heroes; 20th-century America is no exception. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, Americans appear to prefer their heroes pure, unambiguous, and one-dimensional, more symbol than han being. a case in point is General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine, a Civil War hero of epic stature. a major character in recent fiction including Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels and Ronald F. Maxwell's film "Gettysburg," Chamberlain is also the subject of numerous biographies published over the past decade, including Alice Rains Trulock's In the Hands of Providence, Michael Golay's To Gettysburg and Beyond, and Sis Deanes's His Proper Post. These volumes supplement Willard M. Wallace's earlier biography, Soul of the Lion. Another recent study with Chamberlain at its center is Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: the 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign, by former Gettysburg National Military Park historian Thomas A. Desjardin. the most recent contribution to the field of Chamberlain studies is Mark Perry's Conceived in Liberty. Over this same period, innumerable articles, pamphlets, and lectures have celebrated the officer whose regiment of volunteer infantry held Little Round Top against repeated attacks on July 2, 1863, thereby saving the left flank of the Army of the Potomac and perhaps the army itself.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.