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Soul of the lion: a biography of General Joshua L. Chamberlain (1960)

by Willard M. Wallace

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This is an excellent read of a great American; his passion for his state; country ; and duty are a great example for all Americans to adhere to; should be read by all high school students. ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
You can find my full review at Quieted Waters.

This work chronicles the life of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain from childhood through death, including Chamberlain’s roles as teacher, general, college president, and governor. Wallace’s most fluid writing is found in his retelling of the Civil War, specifically his chapter on Chamberlain’s Gettysburg glory. The entire battle is brought to life with vivid realism, and I could almost feel the weight bearing upon Chamberlain’s shoulders as he agonized over how to hold Little Round Top “until the last.” ( )
  QuietedWaters | May 22, 2013 |
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Chamberlain was a born soldier but he planned to be a missionary. A graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, he was an instructor at Bowdoin College when the Civil War broke out & he discovered his true vocation. His military career was one of exceptional gallantry. He was an officer always in the thick of battle. Fourteen horses were shot under him & finally he was terribly wounded, yet recovered to fight in the closing campaign of the war. He was designated to receive the surrender of the Confederate infantry after the Appomattox meeting of Grant & Lee & he played the role with magnanimity. Chamberlain's peacetime career was no less notable. Four times he was elected Governor of the State of Maine & later became president of Bowdoin College. In 1880 Chamberlain, unarmed & alone, faced down a mob that threatened to kill him. With magnificent courage, he said: "I am here to see that the laws of this state are put into effect...If anybody wants to kill me for it, here I am." Willard Wallace has told with sympathy, insight & understanding, the life story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Stan Clark Military Books, 915 Fairview Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325; Phone: 717-337-1728.… (more)

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