The quotes from Chamberlain in this article are from his book, "The Passing
of the Armies". It is his observations of the last 10 days of the Civil War.
As soon as I learned about Chamberlain, he became one of my heroes. I've
heard this account before and have never forgotten and while I fail much of the
time, I try to emulate his behavior. It is particularly difficult to do in the
current political climate, so I'm grateful for the reminder.
I have read several books about the Civil War in the last couple of years. After
I moved to Virginia, I figured I might as well learn about and visit some of
the historical sites. There's a lot of American history here in the
East.Joshua Chamberlain is one of my favorite historical figures
from that war. This guy was very bright, fluent in 10 languages, and a school
teacher in Maine before he joined the Union cause.He was a quick
learner, and Colonel Chamberlain's actions at Gettysburg were key to the
Union winning that battle. After most of his men ran out of ammunition, he led
a bayonet charge down Little Round Top and sent the Rebels running, capturing
over 100 of them, and he kept that high ground.He was awarded the
Medal of Honor for that. "In all, Chamberlain served in 20
battles and numerous skirmishes, was cited for bravery four times, had six
horses shot from under him, and was wounded six times." - WikipediaAnd in the end, he was magnanimous in victory as the article pointed out.It makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?
As an enthusiastic Civil War buff this is the first time I’ve heard this
story. Chamberlain played a significant role in Gettysburg which ultimately was
essential to the North’s victory. Chamberlain and Lincoln had similar
goals of uniting the union. The rancor of today could benefit by their example.
I would offer that none of us is immune to the behaviour of others towards us.
We can, of course control the attitude and actions of no other than ourselves,
but we're human and what others do affects us. It is noble and
empowering to stay above it, but sometimes, unfortunately, we fail.