Dedication of the Maine Monuments at Gettysburg
October 3, 1889
Chamberlain disagrees with the notion of the "Lost Cause" that was gaining in popularity at that time and was attempting to
proclaim the war was fought over states rights and not slavery,
"But grave responsibilities come with great victory. The danger is not so much, I think, from renewed attacks of those who lost,
as from the tendencies of power on the part of those who won. It should be distinctly borne in mind that we were not antagonizing
the principle of local self-government. Our triumph was for all the people, and in full recognition of the value in our political
system of recognizing local centres of influence and of government. The "lost cause" is not lost liberty and right of self-government.
What is lost is slavery of men and supremacy of States."
One of the more popular Chamberlain quotes comes from this speech,
"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays.
Forms change and pass; bodies disappear but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of,
heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them,
shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo!
the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.
This is the great reward of service To live far out and on in the life of others this is the mystery of the Christ,
- to give life's best for such high sake that it shall be found again unto life eternal."