Title: Loyal Legion Met Here on Wednesday Evening
Publication: Bangor Daily Commercial
Date: 1903
Author: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, speech, oration, Petersburg and Appomattox
Credit: Courtesy the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.
Permissions: Rights reserved by Bowdoin College. Do not reproduce without permission. Original copy Bowdoin Special Collections Box 11 folder 9.
Loyal Legion Met Here on Wednesday Evening

This version of Chamberlain's speech Petersburg and Appomattox is most likley a transcription of what was said on the day of the speech. It appears that Chamberlain either spoke extemporaneously on occasion, or when he was asked to submit the speech for publication later in book form he altered portions of it.

A few lines that were later omitted from Petersburg and Appomattox were as follows:

"It seems to me now that I had more than a fair share of that "extreme left" business, from Gettysburg to the Appomatox. [sic] The left is not considered, I believe, the 'post of honor'; but it was not wholly barren of incident in Grant's campaign of '64 - an eternal extension by the left flank."

"We come now to the deep cut of the Norfolk railroad from across which since daylight that morning, the raking shot and shell of an advanced battery had much annoyed us. I use this pleasant phrase and figure called euphemy [sic], by which in military modesty, softness of speech is supposed to cover hardness of fact. In truth, this was so very annoying that I was earnestly requested to cross over and carry those guns and the position. I did carry it, and have had to carry a good deal since, to pay for it."

It seems plausible that Chamberlain found these lines too personal and modesty prompted him to edit them out from the final publication.