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November 18th, 2010

03:53 pm - A pilgrimage
This upcoming summer I will be stuck near and around Southern Virginia, and so the only logical thing to do for me is to take a long weekend and bike from Petersburg to Appomattox Courthouse.

Has anybody hit the highlights of this route? I am starting to look over maps of the area to find a good route, and I don't want to leave anything out. My focus needs to be on Chamberlains path of coarse, but a few miles out of the way to see something else which is just amazing would not be a problem.
Current Location: Normandy

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December 28th, 2007

08:33 am - Well you learn something new everyday!

Just to see what would come up I searched Wikipedia to see what would come up for Joshua Chamberlain, here is his wiki page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Chamberlain  Most of the stuff I knew about him, but towards the end they mention this little gem: “Chamberlain became a founding member of the Maine Institution for the Blind, in Portland, now called The Iris Network. Chamberlain's wife herself was visually impaired, and he served on the first Board of Directors for the Agency.”

I knew that Fanny was blind, but I never knew he help founded the Iris Network. That’s so sweet.

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December 27th, 2007

09:01 am

I’m sorry I have not kept this place up. The last 3 years have been terribly busy in my life. I still admire Joshua Chamberlain. He was such an amazing man.  I am going to try and post more in here in the new year.

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September 12th, 2007

04:17 am - Lately this has not been my passion but it should be.
Ever since I was a boy (sort of makes you feel old talking like this) I have been in awe about the civil war. Alright so it might have been for the wrong reasons back then because all boys like shooting each other. I just cannot imagine what it must have been like to take that sort of a stance like old J.L. did. I don't think we have ever been forced into a choice like that. Even that terrorist plot (won't call it by the date or the buildings attacked anymore) didn't push anything on us. We could still go about our lives be it in school, at work, or at home. This man and more than any other time had to decide whether they wer going to go to war or sit back and hope their way of life came out on top. I look up to this man because he chose and he left. I am in the navy right now and I will tell you I didn't join because I felt like I needed to. I did it out of want for a bit of cash and an education. I try to put myself in his shoes and ask if I would do it and I am never sure if I would. 

Now that I put out why I idolize the man I would like to ask about a few things. 

Could I kiss the ground beneath the feet of whoever founded this community? 

And more importantly how easy is it to navigate around the gettysburg area? Being stationed in Norfolk the whole area is sort of on the way home. Last time I drove out with my brother and father and they stopped on the way back. I would like to do something like that after one of the stand down periods we have after this deployment. I know about that museum they are building because my uncle is working on it but I need my fix before that and before summer when I get my next chance to visit the place. Little round top is definately top on the list. Best place to get breakfast in town and maybe a lunch would be nice info too. Just seems better to ask real people than to look in brochures. 

If I seem to be rambling I am but only out of excitement for thought that does not have to do with this ship. I love this ship but going on six months of only the ship is a little odd.
Current Location: Normandy
Current Music: Flogging Molly "far away boys"

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September 2nd, 2007

02:35 am
Please don't tell me this journal is dead!! My heart skipped a beat when I saw it! And I literally just finished listening to The Killer Angels not twenty minutes ago...
I've been interested in the battle ever since 4th grade (and I'm 19 now), and from the first time I learned about it I was particularly taken with Chamberlain and how brave he was. So few other people are avidly interested in Gettysburg, and even fewer know about Chamberlain...is anyone still following this group? It would be great if we could get some discussions going.

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April 21st, 2005

12:50 am
for those of you who have been to gettysburg and or even if you havent but want to go, go and see the 20th maine moument on little round top. everytime i go up to gettysburg i go there and its so peaceful and secluded and i always imagine the charge and battle on hill. the momument on there is located on the rock that chamberlain stood on during the battle. i was there this past sunday and it was so great. its kinda secluded so you have to look for it. its not on the main part of the hill it on down a path and the side by the trees. its a great place a so beautiful i recommend it to anyone who wants to just relax and think.
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: adams song- blink 182

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March 27th, 2005

12:41 am
wow i never thought there would be live journal users who admire chamberlain as much as i do. this is great. im wondering have any of you been to the 20th maine monument on little round top? its my favorite place to visit when i go to the battlefield.
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: first date- blink 182

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February 13th, 2005

03:29 pm
So my roommate was trying to help her little sister who needed to make a Valentine for a US history figure of sorts, so she asked if I could come up with any for a Civil War figure.


Chamberlain: I'd keep you warm all night at the battle of Fredericksburg!

And then we laughed. And then I felt like an awful person. XP

Happy Valentine's Day, guys. :P

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January 26th, 2005

01:49 pm
I wonder if they ever do things like this in Maine when it snows...Collapse )

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August 31st, 2004

09:31 pm - An Introduction
I never thought I would see the day that a Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain community would exist on lj. Chamberlain has always been a personal hero of mine, ever since I saw the movie "Gettysburg" and watched Jeff Daniels charge down that hill I've always admired the courage of Chamberlain.

Anyway, my name's John, im 17, and live in New York about 15 minutes outside the city. I look forward to talking to all of you.

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