Medal of Honor
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.
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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