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Gettysburg at 150: The Soul of a Hero Joshua Chamberlain

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
Two days ago we remembered the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Tonight I am re-posting an article about one of the heroes of Gettysburg, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. He is in my opinion one of the most amazing men of his time. He was a scholar, a teacher, a man of faith as well as a man of reason and a man of great personal, physical and moral courage. He was in a sense a Renaissance man, a man who exhibited timeless virtues and humanity in the cause of freedom.
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I want to take a brief moment tonight to think about the heart, soul and morality of a soldier, scholar and theologian, Colonel, later Major General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top and certainly a man whose actions as commanding officer of the 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg helped preserve the Union.

After the war Chamberlain spoke of the battle often. One of his most famous quotes is a testament to his humanity and integrity.

In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls… generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence…

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