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Biography

This biography is far from comprehensive or complete.  For a truly in depth biography, I would recommend a trip to the Bibliography page and a perusal of any of the outstanding books listed there.  Eventually I plan on having links to pages containing more specific information about Chamberlain's military career and specific battles, but for now this will have to do.

September 8, 1828 ~ Lawrence Joshua Chamberlain is born in Brewer, Maine

February 1848 ~ Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain enters Bowdoin College

1852 ~ Chamberlain graduates from Bowdoin College & enters Bangor Theological Seminary

December 7, 1855 ~ Chamberlain marries Frances Caroline Adams

October 16, 1856 ~ Grace Dupee Chamberlain is born

October 10, 1858 ~ Harold Wyllys Chamberlain is born

August 8, 1862 ~ Chamberlain is commissioned Lt Colonel of the 20th Maine Volunteers

September 17, 1862 ~ Battle of Antietam

December 13 & 14, 1862 ~ Battle of Fredericksburg

May 2, 1863 ~ Battle of Chancellorsville

June 23, 1863 ~ Chamberlain is promoted to full colonel and takes command of the 20th Maine

July 1, 2 & 3, 1863 ~ Battle of Gettysburg

August 24, 1863 ~ Chamberlain is posted to command of the Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Corps

May 4, 1864 ~ U.S. Grant begins his campaign

June 6, 1864 ~ Chamberlain takes command of the First Brigade, First Division, Fifth Corps

June 15, 1864 ~ The Army of the Potomac arrives at Petersburg, Virginia

June 18, 1864 ~ Chamberlain is grievously wounded fighting at Rives Salient, outside of Petersburg

June 20, 1864 ~ Grant issues Chamberlain a field promotion to Brigadier General, for "...gallant conduct in leading his brigade against the enemy at Petersburg..."

November 19, 1864 ~ Chamberlain returns to his command

March 29, 1865 ~ The final campaign against the Confederacy begins; Chamberlain and the First Brigade are in action on the Quaker Road

March 31 & April 1, 1865 ~ White Oak Road to Five Forks

April 9, 1865 ~ Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House

April 12, 1865 ~ Chamberlain commands at the official surrender ceremony

1867 - 1870 ~ Chamberlain serves as governor of Maine

1871 ~ Chamberlain becomes President of Bowdoin College.  He would eventually teach every subject in the curriculum except mathematics.

1894 ~ Chamberlain is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism at Little Round Top on July 2, 1863

October 18, 1905 ~ Frances Caroline Adams Chamberlain dies

February 24, 1914 ~ Chamberlain dies in his home

1915 ~ The Passing Of The Armies, Chamberlain's account of the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac, is published posthumously

 

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