Though a war may end, the injuries its veterans sustain can last a lifetime. The Civil War was no exception for Bowdoin’s own Joshua Chamberlain.
Chamberlain displayed valor during the war by returning quickly to his troops, despite illness and even a bullet that damaged his bones, bladder, and urethra. But the wound, a “physical manifestation of his gallantry in battle,” caused painful complications for the rest of his life. He eventually died from a related infection. The New York Times discusses Chamberlain’s determination and ambition and the struggles he faced after the Civil War.
Read about Bowdoin’s Alumni College, “The Afterlife of the American Civil War,” August 8-11, 2013, offering participants the opportunity to engage with the history and culture of the Civil War era through a study of the people and places that helped shape it.