Soul of the Lion: A Biography of General Joshua L. Chamberlain

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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a born soldier but he planned to be a missionary. A graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, he was an instructor at Bowdoin College when the Civil War broke out and he discovered his true vocation. His military career was one of exceptional gallantry. He was an officer always in the thick of battle. Fourteen horses were shot under him, and finally he was terribly wounded, yet recovered to fight in the closing campaign of the war. He was designated to receive the surrender of the ...
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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a born soldier but he planned to be a missionary. A graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, he was an instructor at Bowdoin College when the Civil War broke out and he discovered his true vocation. His military career was one of exceptional gallantry. He was an officer always in the thick of battle. Fourteen horses were shot under him, and finally he was terribly wounded, yet recovered to fight in the closing campaign of the war. He was designated to receive the surrender of the Confederate infantry after the Appomattox meeting of Grant and Lee, and he played the role with magnanimity.

Chamberlain's peacetime career was no less notable. Four times he was elected Governor of the State of Maine, and later became president of Bowdoin College. In 1880 Chamberlain, unarmed and alone, faced down a mob that threatened to kill him. With magnificent courage, he said: "I am here to see that the laws of this state are put into effect....If anybody wants to kill me for it, here I am." Willard Wallace has told with sympathy, insight and understanding, the life story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781879664012
  • Publisher: Stan Clark Military Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Highly Readable and Inspiring

    Although John J. Pullem's recent biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was published in the spring of 1999, this 1960, highly readable account of Chamberlain's life holds up well. The book balances Chamberlain's great military career with his equally impressive, post war civilian career, offering in depth treatment of both. Not only was Chamberlain a hero at Little Round Top in Gettysburg, but he also was instrumental in the final battles at Petersburg in the battles at and near Five Forks. This account of a gentle, cultured Bowdoin College professor turned military hero, and later state governor is highly recommended reading for both civil war buffs and those interested in good biographical writing.

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