“In August he is given a brigade. Shortly thereafter he is so badly wounded, shot through both hips, that he is not expected to live. But he returns to become one of the most remarkable soldiers in American History. Wounded six times. Cited for bravery in action four times. Promoted to Brigadier General by special order of Ulysses Grant for heroism at Petersburg. Breveted Major General for heroism at Five Forks. He is the officer chosen by Grant from all other Northern officers to have the honor of receiving the Southern surrender at Appomattox, where he startles the world by calling his troops to attention to salute the defeated South. He is given first place in the Grand Review at Washington. For his day at Little Round Top he is to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

In Maine he is elected Governor by the largest majority in the history of the state and returned to office three times, where he alienates political friends by refusing to agree to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.

In 1876, elected President of Bowdoin College, where he attempts to modernize the school, introducing courses in science, de-emphasizing Religion, and becomes involved in student demonstrations over the question of ROTC. Receives medal of honor from France for distinguised efforts in international education. When he retires from Bowdoin he has taught every subject in the curriculum except for mathematics.

Dies of his wounds, June 1914, at the age of eighty-three”


If I was to pick one leader I thought best encompassed what it means to be an officer, leader, and soldier I think it would have to be Chamberlain.

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  1. Joshua Chamberlain was amazing.

  2. Interesting history there.

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