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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain as depicted in Michael Shaaras The Killer Angels was a leader of great valiance and courage His actions at the Battle of Gettysburg exemplify his persistence tenacity and bravery He had learned from McClellan the former general in chief of the Union Army the two things an officer must do to lead men You must care for your mens welfare You must show physical courage Chamberlain wisely chose to follow the advice of his senior officer The greatest of his many accomplishments were those at Little Round Top on July 2 1863 Chamberlains first test leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg was his handling of the mutinous Second Maine troops He was asked to take command of one hundred twenty rebellious men who had already served two years for the Union army Surprisingly Chamberlain succeeded in swaying the minds of one hundred sixteen of these men with just one powerful speech Later he managed to persuade three more men to join in fighting against the Confederate forces This success exemplifies his great leadership qualities He displayed these qualities in many other ways as well Chamberlain always insisted on walking alongside his horse creating a strong outward appearance of courage for his troops to observe Even after receiving repeated wounds in battle he maintained a respectable image for his men He went into battle courageously and didnt allow anything to get in his way When his troops discovered an escaped slave Chamberlain realized precisely what he was fighting for He was fighting for the dignity of man and in that way he was fighting for himself the American fights for mankind for freedom for the people not the land He truly displayed the physical courage required to be a successful leader as described by General McClellan The great admiration Chamberlains troops held for him is surely some indication
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