Title: The Battle of Gettysburg
Date: 1865
Author: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Gettysburg, Speech, oration
The Battle of Gettysburg

The one speech we probably most want to see, given not long after the battle while it was fresh in his mind. I keep coming across notices in papers of his giving it in this city or that, but still can't find the full speech. The closest I came was these fragments.
    These lines most intrigue me. "The rebel tide rolled in in the majesty of its power but to recoil upon itself. Bullets hissed like spray. The lines were like resurgent seas - but the fiat went forth - thus far shalt thou come, but no further. Here shall thy proud waves be stayed."
    In this last line Chamberlain is quoting from Job 38:11 God speaking to the ocean, "Thus far shalt thou come, but no further. Here shall thy proud waves be stayed."

The NY Times June 20, 1892 states, "This statement that Gettysburg stands for "the high-watermark of the rebellion "is not historically true. Gen. Chamberlain of Maine, who first used it in a popular lecture" Could it be that it was not John Bachelder who coined that phrase? The rest of this speech could be the answer.

Many thanks to Thomas A. Desjardin author of Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine for providing the excerpt that appeared in The Maine Farmer December 28, 1865.