Civil War General Joshua L. Chamberlain Ink Signature with Kunstler Print

 

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This piece is a wonderful tribute to the 20th Maine Regiment and the man who commanded it, Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Featured in this one of a kind piece is an original clip ink signature “Joshua L. Chamberlain Bvt. Major General. USA” on an off white folded note card. In Fine-VF condition. With it is a rare, desirable and beautiful limited edition print hand signed and numbered by the great Mort Kunstler. Titled “Hero of Little Round Top”, this print is very hard to find and is a masterwork from one of the greatest historical artists of our time. This piece is an amazing wall hanger and could be the centerpiece of any collection in the home or office. Overall size of this beautiful piece is 30 X 37.

6 chamberlainAll comes beautifully and professionally custom framed, air tight, using only museum quality materials i.e. acid free mat board and backing, ultra-violet protection glass, etc. The frame is made with high quality, beautifully finished mahogany wood. Ready for your wall!

Historical Information:

It was a desperate moment. The troops of the 20th Maine had been ordered to defend the left flank of the Federal line at Gettysburg “at all costs.” Led by Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, a 35 year-old college professor and Christian theologian, the men from Maine had successfully repulsed repeated attacks by courageous Confederates from Alabama. Finally, exhausted and low on ammunition the valiant soldiers from Maine appeared near the breaking point. As the determined Southerners renewed the attack on Little Round Top with another assault against the Federal left flank. Chamberlain knew what was at stake. If his troops could not hold the line and the flank was turned, the Federal army might be destroyed, the battle lost – and the war with it.

Facing what appeared to be impending destruction, Chamberlain did the unexpected: he ordered a bayonet charge. The battle-weary men in blue obediently fixed bayonets, charged down the hill Into the face of the enemy – and shattered the final Confederate assault. The day was won.

Chamberlain would rise to brigadier general, survive four battle wounds, officially receive the surrender of Lee’s army at Appomattox and enjoy postwar prominence as governor of Maine. Yet despite his many achievements he would always be remembered for his leadership in those desperate moments at Little Round Top on the second day at Gettysburg. Like his Confederate counterpart, General Robert E. Lee, Chamberlain would be revered for his wartime character. How did he and his troops do it? He would be asked that question repeatedly for the rest of his life. His reply: “In the privations and sufferings endured… in battle, some of the highest qualities of manhood are called forth – courage, self-command, and sacrifice of self for the sake of something held higher….” To generations of Americans – Southerners as well as Northerners – Joshua Chamberlain would hold an enduring position as the Hero of Little Round Top.



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