Colonels in War, Governors in Peace

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya delivering an excellent winter lecture at the Gettysburg National Military Park on Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and William Calvin Oates, two men whose regiments fought each other on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg and after the war each became governors of their respective states: Chamberlain in Maine and Oates in Alabama.

The video’s description reads “The fight between the 20th Maine and the 15th Alabama on Little Round Top is among the most famous incidents of the Battle of Gettysburg, if not the American Civil War. What is less well known is what each regiment’s leader—Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and William Calvin Oates—did following the end of the conflict. Both men went on to become governor of his respective state, and both played a large role in the politics of Reconstruction and in shaping the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Join Ranger Daniel Vermilya and discover the post-war political careers of these two fascinating individuals.”

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One comment

  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Good, fast-paced presentation — much as I have come to expect from series at the GBNMP. Somebody might point out to Dan, however, that it’s BOW-din not BOD-win (he does pronounce it correctly later in his presentation).

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