History of the First Battalion Pennsylvania Six Months Volunteers and the 187th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
by James M. Gibbs, 1905
Detail of image from OR atlas showing Rives Salient. Original can be viewed at: baylor.edu
In spite of the short time he spent with them, this regimental history has quite a lot to say about Chamberlain.
For the most part this was due to the fact that Petersburg was, for most members of the regiment, their fist taste of battle and Chamberlain their first gallant commander.
Page 93 describes the battle of Petersburg.
Page 101 sites the newspaper article:
New York World
On page 181 we are offered another look at what Chamberlain's hospital stay at Annapolis was like. George W. Merrick occupied a cot next to Chamberlain on the hospital steamer Connecticut, and was also sent to the hospital at Annapolis where he apparently had the same French Army Doctor.
On page 204 - 206 Captain Webb remembers " ...waving his sword towards the fort on our right, he set us the pace forward. My nightmare was gone. I had received an inspiration like an electric shock. I must do as my leader had done, - I could not help it. Comrade Ployer says that I also waved my sword towards the fort on our right and shouted to Company I, 'Come on.' If it was a brave act give Colonel Chamberlain the credit for it. I thought he had challenged me to a foot race."