Through Blood & Fire: Selected Civil War Papers of Major General Joshua Chamberlain

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Stackpole Books, 1996 - History - 226 pages
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Though long overlooked by Civil War enthusiasts, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has become a twentieth-century hero thanks to novels, film, and television. In "Through Blood and Fire" you'll learn why Chamberlain, a college professor, joined the war and how he triumphed through it. Chamberlain was a highly motivated man, and you'll come to understand what drove him as you read the letters he wrote during the long days at the battlefront.

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Historian Nesbitt (Saber and Scapegoat, Stackpole, 1994) skillfully brings together the correspondence of Joshua Chamberlain during the years of the Civil War. In a transitional narrative provided by ... Read full review

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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at the battle of Gettysburg, where he commanded the 20th Maine. A professor at Bowdoin College, Chamberlain volunteered for service in the Union army in 1862 but declined the colonelcy of a regiment, "preferring to start a little lower and learn the business first." Chamberlain also took part in many other important battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Petersburg, during which he received his fourth serious wound of the war. He later took part in the Appomattox Campaign, and commanded the troops that formally accepted the surrender of the Confederate army. Following his military service, he served as governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College.

Mark Nesbitt is the author of the popular Ghosts of Gettysburg, a six-volume series that received the National Paranormal Award in 2004. Formerly a National Park Service ranger and then a battlefield guide, he has lived in Gettysburg since 1971.

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