Title: Army Letters
Author: Oliver W. Norton
Published: 1903
Keywords: Oliver Willcox Norton, 83rd PA, eighty third infantry
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Army Letters
by Oliver W. Norton, 1903

After the Battle of Gettysburg Chamberlain was given brigade command over the heads of other Colonels. In spite of his successes on Little Round Top the men of the 83rd Pa including Norton were not quite as sure of him at first as is seen on pages: 176, 178, 183, 281. The idea that a person could be quiet, polite and kind and make a good commander seemed as foreign to the men of the 83rd as it did to Chamberlain's students.*
    Sadly, for Chamberlain historians anyway, there are no more letters home about this Maine professor, for as we see on page 310 Norton was discharged from the 83rd to be made First Lieutenant in the 8th US Colored Troops.