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Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is a very notable character in the civil war movie Gettysburg He grew throughout this movie as a capable commander Firstly he was a man who held a good value of human life and dignity Secondly he also was a very intelligent person and great military strategist Lastly he was a very philosophical man Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a man who held a good value of human life and dignity in many ways Firstly he wanted to treat everyman equally As his friend Sergeant Killrain stated Im fighting for the right to be judged on not who my father was but for who I am Chamberlain also held the lives of his men on a high standard One way this is shown is his refusing to shoot any of the Maine mutinies knowing that they were fellow men from Maine He cared for his brother Thomas Chamberlain throughout the movie and tolerated his brother being assigned to him despite his habit of calling him by his first name Lawrence Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was also a very intelligent person and great military strategist in many ways He was not a West Point graduate but a college professor in Bowdoin College teaching rhetoric He had to learn the military lingo and orders earlier in the war to become an adequate commander which he did He made one of the most important and risky military moves ever in American history After Sickles moved his men into the Peach Orchard and Wheat Field to be ruthlessly slaughtered troops including Chamberlains 20th Maine took over Sickless position on Little Round Top He knew that he was the end of the Union fish hook formation and if he failed the entire army would collapse we cannot fall back if we do the rebs will sweep up the whole Union Army from here all the way to Culps hill we cannot retreat He
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