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Conceived in Liberty: Joshua Chamberlin, William Oates & the American Civil War

Conceived in Liberty Joshua Chamberlin William Oates the American Civil War In narrating the lives of Joshua Chamberlain and William Oates Mark Perry s Conceived in Liberty opens a window on seventy years of American history at the center of which is the July Battle of

  • Title: Conceived in Liberty: Joshua Chamberlin, William Oates & the American Civil War
  • Author: Mark Perry
  • ISBN: 9780670862252
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In narrating the lives of Joshua Chamberlain and William Oates, Mark Perry s Conceived in Liberty opens a window on seventy years of American history, at the center of which is the July 1863 Battle of Little Round Top This legendary contest decided the Battle of Gettysburg, opened a door to the Northern victory in the Civil War, and sent Chamberlain and Oates on paths tIn narrating the lives of Joshua Chamberlain and William Oates, Mark Perry s Conceived in Liberty opens a window on seventy years of American history, at the center of which is the July 1863 Battle of Little Round Top This legendary contest decided the Battle of Gettysburg, opened a door to the Northern victory in the Civil War, and sent Chamberlain and Oates on paths to national prominence Drawing on a vast mine of documents, including letters, wartime journals, and political speeches, Perry brings their fascinating, uncannily parallel stories to life Joshua Chamberlain, the son of a Maine farmer, first made his name as an academic at Bowdoin College, then as a brilliant military commander, before establishing a remarkably successful career in politics, including several terms as the governor of Maine William Oates, an Alabama frontiersman of humble origins, was also a farmer s son, and his valiant service during the war became the platform upon which he built a career as a lawyer who helped revitalize the Democratic party in the South He was elected to both the U.S Congress and the governorship of Alabama Chamberlain and Oates stand as forceful symbols of how the nation came to blows, as well as how the nation moved to redefine itself and in President Abraham Lincoln s words bind up the wounds of war Their story, as eloquently and dramatically told in the pages of Conceived in Liberty, creates a portrait of American possibility in a tumultuous century.

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    1. 4 1/2 starsThe first that William Oates knew a battle was raging somewhere of to the east was on the early afternoon of July 1, 1863, when his regiment of Alabama soldiers was on picket duty outside the small Pennsylvania mountain hamlet of New Guildford. The men from Alabama could tell that the distant contest was serious on that early July morning some sixty miles to the east, the 20th Maine, commanded by an unassuming professor by the name of Joshua Chamberlain, was also marching toward Getty [...]


    2. Perry tells the stories of a Union general and a Confederate colonel whose troops faced each other at Little Round Top. Each went on to become governor of his home state -- Joshua Chamberlain of Maine, and William Oates of Alabama. Oates, sad to say, was a key player in squeezing former slaves out of the electorate and forging a white supremacist Democratic Party. Of personal interest is that Oates was wartime commanding officer of three of my great-great uncles, and in his own memoir of the "re [...]


    3. The book is readable and enjoyable, but it assumes a fairly high level of knowledge about civil war tactics and history. If I weren't already familiar with many of the battles and historical events, I think I would have had a hard time following a lot of the narrative.


    4. Very well researched. Unique because it looks at two very different generals. Also contains a pretty good overview of significant battles of the war.


    5. I loved this piece of Civil War history because it deals with one of my heroes, Joshua Chamberlin. It's a fresh perspective on the lore that makes him the hero he is today.


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