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.