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Joshua L Chamberlain and the Battle of Gettysburg What comes to your mind when you think of the Battle of Gettysburg Maybe you think of Abraham Lincolns famous Gettysburg Address Pickets Charge or all of the casualties from the three days of fighting Many times we dont think about all the people who risked their lives to protect our land because we concentrate on the things that are familiar to us For instance how many people really know what role Joshua L Chamberlain played in the Battle of Gettysburg Chamberlain had a very important part in the second day of battle and he definitely shouldnt be overlooked Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was born on September 8 1828 in Brewer Maine Brewer was a small community which was known for farming and ship building During Chamberlains youth he spent a lot of his time working on his fathers one hundred acre farm and teaching school He didnt have much education before he entered college except for a short time at Whitings Military and Classical Academy in Ellsworth ME He entered Bowdoin College in 1848 and took a special interest in language He taught himself Greek in order to be accepted there and he later became fluent in seven different languages He graduated from Bowdoin in 1852 and then attended Bongor Theological Seminary until 1855 He was offered a job as a minister but he turned it down and accepted a rhetoric teaching position at Bowdoin Chamberlain was a thin muscular gentleman who was just shy of six feet tall His narrow face and high cheekbones were hidden by a full mustache that extended to his jaw line In the words of one private he was a brave brilliant dashing officerwho when once seen was always rememberedTrulock 5 Im sure Frances Caroline Adams Fanney agreed with this soldier because on December 7 1855 Joshua Chamberlain and she were married in Brunswick ME I know in whom
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