Summary

A college professor who became a respected Union officer famous for his actions at Gettysburg.

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 2
Rank:
Major General (brevet) 3
Birth:
08 Sep 1828 1
Brewer, Maine 1
Death:
24 Feb 1914 1
Portland, Maine 1
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Full Name:
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain 1
Birth:
08 Sep 1828 1
Brewer, Maine 1
Death:
24 Feb 1914 1
Portland, Maine 1
Burial:
Pine Grove Cemetery Brunswick, Maine 2
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Birth:
Mother: Sarah Dupree Brastow 1
Father: Joshua L. Chamberlain 1
Marriage:
Fanny Adams 2
1855 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Brigadier General 2
Rank:
Major General (brevet) 2
Service Start Date:
1862 2
Service End Date:
1866 2
Entered service at:
Brunswick, Maine 3
Medals:
Medal of Honor 4
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Occupation:
College professor, Army officer 1
Employment:
Employer: Bowdoin College 2
Position: President 2
Place: Brunswick, Maine 2
Start Date: 1871 2
End Date: 1883 2
Employment:
Position: Governor of Maine 2
Start Date: 1867 2
End Date: 1871 2
Notes:
Rank a Brevet assignment 1

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Medal of Honor

Gettysburg, PA

Rank: Colonel
Division: 20th Maine Infantry
Place / Date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 2 July 1863

Daring heroism and great tenacity in holding his position on the Little Round Top against repeated assaults, and carrying the advance position on the Great Round Top.

Wounded at Petersburg

Petersburg, VA

While commanding the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, at the Siege of Petersburg, Joshua Chamberlain--a hero of Gettysburg--was wounded on 18 June 1864. Of the six wounds Chamberlain received during the war, this was the most life-threatening, going through the hip and groin. No one expected Chamberlain to survive it, and he was awarded a brevet to the rank of major general for his bravery. His death was even reported in some newspapers. However, Chamberlain managed to survive the injury, recuperating at his home in Maine and then returning to the army by November, though the wound would bother him for the rest of his life.

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