Joshua Chamberlain & Congressional Medal
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (September 8, 1828 – February 24, 1914), born as Lawrence Joshua Chamberlain, was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. /5
Great and leisurely trip up the coast of Maine.Great food, beer, some history, hiking, gardens and chilling! Started in Portland, moved up to Brunswick and Bowdoin College where Joshua Chamberlain left as a young professor to join the 20th Maine Infantry during the Civil War, rising through the ranks to lead the 20th at Gettysburg where he won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroics on Little Roundtop, on to Division command, a severe wound at the front of his division in Petersburg and was given the honor to receive the Confederate surrender at Appomattox...Returned to become president of Bowdoin and then elected 4 terms Governor of Maine...one of my real heroes...Also mastered 13 languages! ...
The Knightly Soldier Before he enlisted in the Union Army to fight during the US Civil War, Joshua Chamberlain was a quiet and unassuming college professor. In the crucible of military combat he distinguished himself for his heroism in holding the line on Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. He was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. To recognize Chamberlain’s contribution to the Union victory, General Ulysses S. Grant designated him to receive the first flag of surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. The defeated troops of the South expected to be ridiculed and humiliated. Instead, Chamberlain showed them kindness and respect. For this, the Confederate commanding officer wrote in his memoirs that Chamberlain was “one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army.” As a committed Christian, Chamberlain reflected the grace of Christ. We too need to stand for what we believe but also to be kind to those with whom we disagree. Paul exhorted Timothy, “as a good soldier of Jesus ...
Joshua Chamberlain was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on August 11, 1893. Very interesting man:
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