Resignation from Bowdoin
Still barley able to walk after a recent unsuccessful operation Chamberlain hobbled over to the
College to tender his resignation.1
From this article it appears that the board believed Chamberlain was acting
in response to his ill heath and begged him to reconsider.
In the Chamberlain Association's Biography that has come to be known as A Sketch
the reasons given for his resignation were
credited to political rivals who Chamberlain believed would hurt the College if he stayed on as president.
After this meeting Chamberlain would seclude himself at his seaside summer home as the New York Times reports,
Gen. J. L. Chamberlain, of Maine, who recently resigned the Presidency of
Bowdoin College, is now staying at his sea-shore residence, four miles from Brunswick.
The Augusta Journal says that the condition of his health is not much improved and he will
never entirely recover from his wounds. He is able to sit up, however,
and occasionally take a stroll out of doors."2
Another Times article states the resignation was, "no surprise to his personal friends and many
of the friends of the college, the expressions of regret to which it gives rise are numerous and sincere."3
By July 28 the Times reported that Chamberlain also resigned from command of the State Militia.