Civil War Leadership – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Eighty Men Without Ammunition Changed History

Gettysburg – July 2, 1863

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Gettysburg, an example of leadership and why it is important to Learn Civil War History.

Inspirational speaker Andy Andrews talks about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and what he did on the second day of Gettysburg. Everything you do matters, just the same as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

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Civil War Re-enactors Settle Battle

Civil War Re-enactors Fight Results in a Draw

I have to include this post, because the story is bizarre.

The Associated Press reports a judge on January 6, 2010 found two Civil War re-enactors (a Johnny Reb and a Billy Yank) not guilty of assault. Seems the two were involved in a re-enactment of the Battle of Stanardsville when their re-enacting became too realistic.

The two were re-enacting as cavalry officers, and Johnny Reb claims Billy Yank knocked his hat off. Johnny Reb then responded by firing his revolver at Billy Yank. Although the revolver had a blank round, Billy Yank was injured. Then the two went on to feed the lawyers.

Here is The Associated Press report:

Re-enactors’ spat settled in court

STANARDSVILLE – A judge says it’s a draw between two Union and Confederate re-enactors who got into a tussle on the battlefield.

A judge found each man not guilty of assault on Wednesday after they pressed charges against each other over the dispute last September.

The men were playing cavalry officers in a re-enactment of the Battle of Stanardsville. The Confederate re-enactor claims his Union counterpart knocked his hat off.

The Confederate was accused of responding by firing a blank round from his revolver and injuring the Union re-enactor.
The Associated Press

I’m a fan of Civil War re-enactors. I appreciate and enjoy how they strive to bring history alive for us. If you ever get a chance to see a Civil War battle re-enactment, do it. But, I have to say in my point of view, these two Civil War re-enactors are nuts. To put it in 1800s terms; these two guys are crazy as loons.

To add some actual Civil War history value to this post:


The Battle of Stanardsville was fought on March 1, 1864 when cavalry led by Union General George Armstrong Custer fought with a brigade of J.E.B Stuart’s Confederate cavalry at Stanardsville, Virginia, near the South River.

The cavalry fight included charges with sabers clanging at each other, followed by counter-charges and more saber clanging. Custer wound up retreating across the South River at Banks Ford, and then heading north to Culpeper.

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