Joshua Chamberlain at Petersburg

Here’s Dennis Rasbach at the 2016 Pamplin Park Civil War Symposium on his view of where Joshua Chamberlain was when he was wounded at Petersburg. This has become quite the controversy, involving the location of a historical marker.

The video’s description reads, “Dennis Rasbach talks about Union officer Joshua Chamberlain, who was wounded on June 18, 1864, during the Second Battle of Petersburg in Virginia. Mr. Rasbach reexamined primary sources and questioned previous scholarship regarding Chamberlain’s troop’s movements and the location on the field where he was wounded.”

He makes a pretty good case, though I’d like to see a presentation from the other side as well. That gives me an idea for a debate of sorts where a Civil War Round Table could invite Diane Monroe Smith and Dr. Rasbach [he’s a surgeon] to successive meetings and have them present their cases during those successive meetings. One would be at the first meeting and the other at the second meeting.


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