Title: Army Life a Private's Reminiscences of the Civil War
Publisher: Hoyt, Fogg & Donham, Portland
Date Published: 1882
Author: Reverend Theodore Gerrish
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Theodore Gerrish, Twentieth Maine, 20th Maine, Enlistment, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Civil War,
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Army Life a Private's Reminiscences of the Civil War
by Theodore Gerrish 1882

The officer on the magnificent horse described on page 43 is likely Chamberlain who was known early in the war to have a magnificent white horse called Prince. Powell in The Fifth Army Corps on page 301 records the incident with a darker tone, "Lieutenant-Colonel Chamberlain had his horse shot under him while he was steadying the men through a deep place in the river, where several of the 5th New York were drowned in his presence."
    Though he may have provided Powell with the account, Chamberlain himself doesn’t record this story, he relates a similar incident occurring before Appomattox in his speech Surrender of Lee and His Army

It is probably in response to Gerrish's comment on page 110 that Chamberlain said, "I am sorry to have heard it intimated that any hesitated when that order was given. That was not so. No man hesitated. There might be the appearance of it to those who did not understand the whole situation. The left wing bent back like an ox-bow, or sharp lunette, had to take some little time to come up into the line of our general front, so as to form the close, continuous edge which was to strike like a sword-cut upon the enemy's ranks. By the time they had got up and straightened the line, the centre and salient, you may be sure, was already in motion. Nobody hesitated to obey the order."1
    According to author Thomas Desjardin there is some doubt as to whether Gerrish was even at Gettysburg; he was reported on the rolls as being away sick.2 In spite of this, years later Chamberlain listed him in company H that day. See Maine at Gettysburg

Page 260 - 266 describe the formal surrender on April 12th at Appomattox. Another description of General Wise at the surrender appeared in the newspapers of the time and can be seen here on page 33.