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, promotions, major general, petersburg wound
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
Promotions Major General

Two separate recommendations by General Griffin were approved causing Chamberlain to receive two separate appointments of Brevet Major General, Chamberlain requested that he be allowed to accept the latter one given for his actions at Quaker Road.
    Chamberlain did receive one last promotion to full Major General however Maine's quota was full and the politicians preferred giving the appointment to the more politically connected Francis Fessenden son of William P. Fessenden. The secretary of War wrote him a private letter asking for it to be returned.1
    Being unexpectedly mustered out on August 24th left Chamberlain still run down by wounds and in need of a job. The last letter included, though very hard to read, was a recommendation by Governor Cory and other influential Maine politicians to restore Chamberlain to service so that he could undergo a surgical operation. This petition was endorsed by General Grant and later approved.
1 Smith, Diane. Fanny and Joshua pg 170.