What Chamberlain’s Behavior at Appomattox Could Teach Today’s Politicians (Desert Dispatch)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

When Confederate General John Brown Gordon surrendered his forces to Union General Joshua Chamberlain at the Battle of Appomattox Court House in April 1865, Chamberlain’s men gave their beaten foes “a soldierly salute — a token of respect from American to American,” writes Brian A. Cook in the Desert Dispatch.

Such honorable behavior, said Cook, could offer an important historical lesson for some of today’s politicians. Cook is the former vice president of the American Civil War Society. Chamberlain, a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852, went on to become president of Bowdoin College and state governor of Maine.

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