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    Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Document Signed "Joshua L. Chamberlain" as president of Bowdoin College. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Brunswick [Maine], June 14, 1871. Chamberlain signs this affidavit for the widow of one of his soldiers to receive a pension. It reads, in full: "This may certify that I was Colonel of the 20th Regt Maine Vols and well knew John T. Ames who was a Private in Co "G" same regiment. That while in the line of his duty in Camp near Antietam about 30th Sept 1862 he was severely wounded near the right side by a bullet from the gun of another soldier which had been accidentally discharged. He was disabled for duty as a soldier and did not again do duty with the regiment I have no interest in the claim of the widow for pension and reside at Brunswick Maine." With 7.75" x 3" flap affixed to the lower left edge certifying that the affidavit is true. This is one of the few surviving documents signed by Chamberlain that makes mention of his command during the war. Smoothed folds with chipped edges. Slight smudging of the ink in "Joshua" has caused some fading, but the signature remains bold and bright. Some wrinkling of the page near the middle.

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    Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain (1828-1914) 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, one-year terms as Maine's governor. He returned to his alma mater as president of the school during the 1870s.

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