Title: Letters Received by the Commission Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, 1863-1870
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, General, Gettysburg, Little Round Top, Medal of Honor
Source: From the National Archives Record Group 94 Microfilm Publication, M1064, (C411CB1866) Letters Received by the Commission Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, 1863-1870
Medal of Honor
Part 1

This Medal of Honor was issued to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain on 11 August 1893. Engraved on back, "The Congress to Bvt Maj Genl Joshua L. Chamberlain, U.S. Vols. for distinguished gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. July 2nd, 1863" This Medal was recently donated to the Pejepscot Historical Society where it is currently on display.

Photo courtesy Pejepscot Historical Society


At left - Letters of recommendation for the Medal of Honor from Thomas H. Hubbard. Typed and written copies.

At the start of the year 1893 Chamberlain was again suffering from an infection of his Petersburg wound. (As can be seen in an article in the New York World.) Friends who feared that this illness might end his life petitioned the War Department for a Medal of Honor for him. Here on page 3 Thomas Hubbard writes of Chamberlain from New York, "Now he is in this city, where for months he has been suffering from the wounds received in battle, wounds that have prostrated him at intervals ever since the war and that have now, I fear, brought his life near its close."

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