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