Tag Archives: Fanny Chamberlain

Ellis Spear 1913 does not jibe with Ellis Spear 1863

ECW is pleased to welcome back Brian Swartz, author of the new ECW Series biography Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War Did Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain actually order his battered 20th Maine Infantry Regiment to … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Joshua Chamberlain lost “the gleam of white light”

By Brian Swartz The Civil War killed Joshua L. Chamberlain on Tuesday, February 24, 1914, almost nine years after “the gleam of white light … shed upon my soul” flared into eternity. Since a Confederate bullet punched through his groin … Continue reading

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Joshua Chamberlain stares down the 1880 Maine rebellion (part two of two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to feature the work of our friend, Maine at War author Brian Swartz. Part two of two. In early 1880, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain faced a political crisis in his home state of Maine, where a … Continue reading

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Joshua Chamberlain stares down the 1880 Maine rebellion (part one of two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to feature the work of our friend, Maine at War author Brian Swartz. Part one of two. When a political crisis roiled Maine in early 1880, Joshua L. Chamberlain answered the call to duty and … Continue reading

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General Joshua L. Chamberlain and a Fatherhood Journey

On October 18, 1864, Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote a letter to his wife, Frances Caroline. This letter – though written during the war period – is unique and gives a glimpse of fatherhood, rather than war. Chamberlain is … Continue reading

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Of “Promotion,” Camp, Gossip, & Flirtation in August 1863

In late August 1863 – after returning from medical leave and a visit home – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote a letter to his wife Fanny, giving a glimpse of the “quiet days” of war. The moments at Gettysburg created only … Continue reading

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Fanny Chamberlain: Heroine In A General’s Love Story (Part 2)

(This is Part 2 of an article published yesterday) July 17, 1863 My dear Fanny I was very much surprised to have a letter from you dated at New York. I have been writing you at Brunswick. I wrote you … Continue reading

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Fanny Chamberlain: Heroine In A General’s Love Story (Part 1)

The old man leaned on his cane, ignoring the aching war wound from decades before. It was such a beautiful day, and the walk had been pleasant, except for the last hundred yards. Maybe it’s just something about coming home … Continue reading

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