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Author:  Joe Meyer [ Fri May 26, 2017 5:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Chamberlain's Rank?

Within the film, Gettysburg, Joshua Chamberlain wears the shoulder boards of a lieutenant colonel in the opening scenes and then the boards of a full colonel during the action on Little Round Top. Chamberlain's promotion occurred in June when Aldebert Ames assumed brigade command in the XI Corps of the Army of the Potomac, technically relinquishing his command of the 20th Maine to Chamberlain, although I do not know the exact date. Does anyone know if Chamberlain was actually wearing his eagles on July 2nd, 1863?

Also I'd like to know how many club members, if any, took part in the making of the film, Gettysburg.

Author:  nsimms [ Fri May 26, 2017 11:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chamberlain's Rank?

His Medal of Honor citation issued in 1893 says that he was a full Colonel on the date that he performed the action for which awarded the MOH (2 July 1863). What was he actually wearing that date - sorry, he didn't tell me and I can't find any pictures. We probably have a couple of old buzzards around here that were there and could tell you though.

Author:  Ernie Sands [ Sun May 28, 2017 1:06 pm ]
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His biography shows him a Colonel at Gettysburg:
http://pejepscothistorical.org/chamberl ... hamberlain

Author:  Rich Walker [ Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:09 am ]
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Perhaps, he was promoted to full colonel on the march to Gettysburg. You know, those movie guys never get the historical facts wrong! :D

Author:  John Ferry [ Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:15 am ]
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I will say with 95% surety that as soon as the Army, corps, division, whatever, got the word that he had been promoted, [b]somebody [b] would have found a pair of eagles for him. When I became an NCO my platoon sgt scrounged a set of pin ons for me from a fellow NCO and gave them to me in the field, and based on that I always made sure my guys got their insignia as soon as the order was out. Not much has changed. It's just what you do.

Author:  John Ferry [ Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chamberlain's Rank?

Sifakis, in his book, "Who Was Who in the Civil War," states that Chamberlain's DOR was 20 May 63, the same date that the 20th Maine's original commander, Adelbert Ames, was promoted to Brigadier. That is almost six weeks before Round Top, so we can be pretty certain that Joshua was borne to Gettysburg on wings of eagles.
John Ferry
Col 20th Corps

Author:  Joe Meyer [ Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chamberlain's Rank?

Thank you, John!

Then my hat's off to Ron Maxwell and his attention to detail within that incredible film.

Now when is someone going to bring history alive again with a first-class production of Chickamauga and/or Missionary Ridge?

Author:  C. Hecht [ Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Chamberlain's Rank?

Joe Meyer wrote:
Now when is someone going to bring history alive again with a first-class production of Chickamauga and/or Missionary Ridge?

As soon as hell freezes.
When Hollywood hasn't the guts to make "The Last Full Measure" I doubt any other huge CW battle is covered by a movie.

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