Yesterday our family decided to watch one of our favorite movies, "Gettysburg." It's a four-hour long movie that was originally a mini-series on television. We now have the whole thing on DVD and we watch it every couple of years or so. Our daughters are studying the Civil War in school, so we thought it appropriate to watch it once again.
My favorite part of the movie is the speech by Joshua Chamberlain to his fellow Mainers that have decided they will no longer fight in the war. Played by Jeff Daniels, Chamberlain, a professor from Bowdoin College turned Army Colonel, beseeches the soldiers to continue fighting. In fact, he convinces 120 out of 126 of the mutineers to join the 20th Maine and fight with them.
After being told by fellow officers that he could shoot the offending soldiers if they did not cooperate, Chamberlain dismisses the thought, knowing he would never simply shoot his fellow Mainers. Instead, he appeals to them as the thinking, feeling men that they are. He shows them respect, and in turn, they follow him.
I encourage you to watch this wonderful movie. To read or listen to the entire speech from the movie right here online, CLICK HERE.
And if you're ever in Brunswick, take a drive by Bowdoin College. There is a fairly new statue of Joshua Chamberlain just across the street from his home and from the First Parish Church, where he met his wife. His home is now a museum chock full of facts and memoribilia from his life. He was a Mainer we all should remember.
To learn more about Joshua Chamberlain, CLICK HERE.
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