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In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War | [Alice Rains Trulock]

In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War

Joshua Chamberlain of Maine forged a remarkable career during the Civil War. An academic and theologian by training, this modest young professor left Bowdoin College to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine. He fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg, then led his regiment to glory at Gettysburg, where he ordered the brilliant charge that saved Little Round Top.
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Joshua Chamberlain of Maine forged a remarkable career during the Civil War. An academic and theologian by training, this modest young professor left Bowdoin College to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine. He fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg, then led his regiment to glory at Gettysburg, where he ordered the brilliant charge that saved Little Round Top. Promoted to brigade command, Chamberlain won a battlefield promotion to brigadier general from Ulysses S. Grant for his distinguished conduct in the assaults against Petersburg. He was held in such high esteem by his superior officers that Grant accorded him the honor of receiving the formal Confederate surrender at Appomattox. There, Chamberlain endeared himself to succeeding generations with his unforgettable salute to Robert E. Lee's defeated army.

©1992 The University of North Carolina Press; (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Amazon Customer New Port Richey, FL United States 04-23-07
    Amazon Customer New Port Richey, FL United States 04-23-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Details of war"

    This book is full of which companies and troops went where in what battle and in between. A real travelogue of the armies but I wanted more of the character of this Civil war hero and less of the details of mud and hardtack. You listen to a lot of detail maneuvers to get down to the man.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 11-23-07
    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 11-23-07
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    "Outstanding"

    This is one of the best biographies I have ever listened to! This man is without a doubt one of the most amazing American hero's of the Civil War and yet probably few are familar with him and all the battles he participated in while suffering a number of injuries. This book makes you feel like you have met and spent time with Joshua Chamberlain. I only wish I had learned of this man sooner when I lived in New England and could have visited his home in Maine. You will enjoy this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 09-08-11
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    "Excellent Choice For Civil War Buffs"

    Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is one of the iconic figures of the American Civil War. Trulock brings to life the man that so many of us first learned about while watching the film Gettysburg. He truly had the "heart of a woman and the soul of a lion." This gentle General fought through many bloody battles, but always did so with the true courage and glory that was often sought for by others, but often never attained. If you are looking for a book about a humble hero, this is it. Excellent to read on the Kindle and listen to on Audible.com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 02-26-13
    Stephen United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Man Who Lived His Beliefs - In War and Peace."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I have always been interested in the life of Joshua Chamberlain. He played such a critical role in the Battle of Gettysburg and its outcome. yet he was just an everyday person, not a military man.

    I always wondered how such a man could stand up to the stresses of war like he did and be the great leader he was.I also wondered what life was like for him after the war ended.

    This book helps answers those questions.

    The book is well written, adds excellent detail, and fills in the life of Joshua Chamberlain nicely. The one area I would have loved to see more detail is the relationship between Chamberlain and his wife. The two seem so different and those differences do not appear to change much over time. The threatened divorce would seem to have warranted further investigation, but the author does not add to that. Nor for the reasons why they stayed together.

    All in all, an outstanding book, well written, about the life of a complex, Christian man who lived his life as best he could consistent with his stated beliefs.

    Such a man would be considered a dinosaur today. But a life well worth studying.


    What about Tom Parker’s performance did you like?

    Parker makes an excellent narrator. His balanced presentation was enjoyable, but not monotonous. He is able to provide the needed voice inflections and emphases need to keep a long, non-fiction book interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Casco, ME, United States 03-19-12
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    "Good read...listen"
    Would you listen to In the Hands of Providence again? Why?

    Yes, find something I missed previously


    Have you listened to any of Tom Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think of what these soldiers felt during the battles


    Any additional comments?

    American hero, showed what being human meant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 12-19-08
    William Murray North Rose, NY United States 12-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good "read""

    A good biography. A very interesting man who was at the center of the Civil War. The only complaint that I had was when the author moved from writing biography to giving her view on the constitution. I wonder if she views her contract with her publisher a a "changing/evolving document"? I bet not.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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