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Nearly lost in the annals of history, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain gained public with publication of the highly popular novel, "The Killer Angels" in the early 1990s. This celebrated work recounts the... Read More
Nearly lost in the annals of history, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain gained public with publication of the highly popular novel, "The Killer Angels" in the early 1990s. This celebrated work recounts the Battle of Gettysburg, a major turning point in the American Civil War, and Chamberlain's historic defense of Little Round Top � a critical skirmish that key to the Northern victory at Gettysburg. Since publication of the book � and the movie "Gettysburg" which followed � Chamberlain's home has become a "must visit" among Maine's historical properties and museums. The home, which is large but fairly modest in scope, is located directly across the street from Bowdoin College. Chamberlain served as president of Bowdoin and, later, governor of Maine following his Civil War exploits. Rooms contain, where possible, original furnishings. Also on view are artifacts and trophies including Chamberlain's uniform and sword from the Gettysburg encounter, diaries, etc. House tour guides do an exemplary job of relating Chamberlain's exciting story, including insights not usually found in the history books.
- Beyond the City Proper: "The museum frequently hosts special programs focusing on 19th century art and life in Maine – check their website for details."