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Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
29 Apr 1841 2
Brewer, Maine 2
Death:
12 Aug 1896 2
Bangor, Maine 2
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Full Name:
Thomas D Chamberlain 3
Birth:
29 Apr 1841 2
Brewer, Maine 2
Death:
12 Aug 1896 2
Bangor, Maine 2
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Birth:
Mother: Sarah Dupee Brastow 1
Father: Joshua L. Chamberlain 1
Marriage:
Delia Farley Jarvis 2
14 Dec 1870 2
Boston 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1

Civil War (Union) 3

Branch:
Army 3
Company:
I,D,G 3
Discharge Rank:
Lt Col 3
Enlistment Rank:
Sergt 3
Military Unit:
20th Infantry 3
State:
Maine 3

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Soldier Does Well on Army Food.

Known throughout the history of the US Army as the only man who could gain weight eating Army food.  In 1862, he was 5'8" and weighed 120 pounds.  He was described then as "very slightly built."  Several months later, he wrote to his sister and mentioned that he had grown quite well in the frosty Maryland weather and was now 132 pounds.  He remarked, "What makes it strange is that I should have gained 12 pounds living on worms."  Even stranger, in February 1863, he weighed in at 150 pounds. One wonders if the locals were seeing to it that young Tom did not go hungry.  With those eyes, he could probably charm the shine off a stone!

One Heck of a Military Career.

It is a singular accomplishment when a young farmboy from Maine, not politically connected, rises from the rank of Sergeant (he actually entered the Maine Volunteer camp as a private soldier) to that of Lieutenant Colonel in three years.  Much as been written about Tom's inability to adjust to civilian life after the war, and this only serves to cloud what must have been an excellent career in the USV, 20th Maine.  Tom rose from an infantryman to an adjutant, and served in the capacity of Provost Marshall for the Fifth Corp.  Yes, he may have had a somewhat famous brother, but Lawrence Chamberlain stated in his memoirs that he had only attempted to further Tom's career once, and that attempt had failed.  Someone made the following quote regarding Tom Chamberlain:  "Like so many soldiers scarred by the war, Tom Chamberlain survived its horrors only to drown in its aftermath."  His wife, Delia, had the following placed on his gravestone: "A faithful and distinguished soldier of his country."  Observing his meteoric rise in the ranks, one can only agree.

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