September 15, 2013

Another medal for our hero Joshua Chamberlain

Maine's history community gets excited about news of the discovery of Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain’s original Medal of Honor.

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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Joshua Chamberlain in the uniform of the Union Army.

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Chamberlain’s original Medal of Honor was donated anonymously.

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Nonetheless, Smith regrets not asking Allen about her plans for the estate and, specifically, the books that she left to the church in Duxbury.

“She left bits and pieces to a church there. I don’t know what her motivation was, as far as these books were concerned. There is no information that I have or that I have seen that indicates what the books were. They just ended up in the rummage sale.”

Might they have been books from Chamberlain personal library? Maybe.

But one thing is certain, Smith said. The donor did the right thing. U.S. law prohibits the sale of medals such as this, so the market for such an item would be small and illegitimate. But Smith has no doubt that some people might have exploited that market.

“It’s difficult to talk about something like this having a monetary value, but it’s undeniable that the price tag would be huge. It’s a wonderful thing that whoever had it realized that it should belong to everybody and be seen and admired.”

Blanchard said the long-term plan for showing the medal is still being worked out. But at least in the short term, it will be on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at the Pejepscot Museum, 159 Park Row, Brunswick.

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This 1893 letter from the War Department informed Chamberlain of his honor, “for distinguished gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2, 1863.”

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Joshua Chamberlain in later years

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