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    Joshua Chamberlain Stock Certificate Signed as president of the Ocala and Silver Springs Company. One page, 12" x 9.5", March 31, 1892, n.p. This $10 share is issued to W. L. Perham. Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain and his 20th Maine Volunteers successfully defended Little Round Top at Gettysburg against a sustained and organized Confederate assault, earning him the Medal of Honor, the adoration of the Northern public, and the grudging respect of his foes. Twice wounded in later battles, Chamberlain, a major general at the end of the war, presided over the surrender ceremony on April 12, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse. During the ceremony, his Union troops saluted the surrendering Southern troops, a controversial gesture. Nevertheless, his wartime popularity propelled him to four terms as Maine's governor. Although primarily an academic (Chamberlain served as president of Bowdoin College throughout the 1870s), he engaged in several business ventures, including one as president of the Ocala and Silver Springs Company, a Florida railroad and improvement company. The venture, like many others, proved unsuccessful for him. This certificate, with handsome vignettes, contains folds and docketing on verso. Fine.

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