Not long after arriving home from the Hospital at Annapolis (see Newspaper Clippings
) Chamberlain gave his wife Fanny a break and took his son Wyllys to visit with his parents.
To the public Chamberlain always kept a positive front, but in a letter to Fanny Chamberlain reveals more personal thoughts.
"I was dragged into a great meeting of the Christian Commission at Norembega Hall on Sunday evening.
I sat till I didn't know whether I had any brains or not and then had to get up and say something.
Don't you pity me? My cold troubles me - irritates my wounds and spoils my appetite, but
I am having a pleasant visit."*
(The drudgery of going over this newspaper page by page has made me also wonder if I have any brains left,
But this was well rewarded as I don't think this has been found before.)
When he mentions riding "to the very edge of battle" with a member of the Christian Commission
he is likely referring to his brother John who came out to help the 20th Maine at Gettysburg when they
had no surgeon. See Incidents of the United States Christian Commission
Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg
While Chamberlain was home a letter was printed in the Whig and Courier on the 18th from the 20th Maine
describing their actions charging a rebel works. It is not clear who wrote the letter, but
Chamberlain's brother Tom was still at the front. Undoubtedly this only added to Chamberlain's
desire to return to the army.