Fanny & Joshua: The Enigmatic Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Diane Monroe SmithE-book: $34.99
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has become a Civil War icon, and deservedly so. But while we know a great deal about his military exploits and his later public career, we have known little of his personality and inner life. This biography of a marriage humanizes both Joshua and Fanny Chamberlain. It explores the trouble and triumphs of two real people who come to life in this intimate portrait drawn from hundreds of family letters.
—Dr. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
Up until now Fanny Chamberlain has been a dimly seen, often negatively resented figure. Now Diane Monroe Smith has cleared away the mists and brought her to life with a wealth of hitherto unpublished letters and other information that also adds considerable illumination to Joshua’s life and character. A tremendous contribution to Chamberlain scholarship and literature.
—John Pullen, author of The Twentieth Maine and Joshua L. Chamberlain: A Hero’s Life and Legacy
DIANE MONROE SMITH’s most recent book is Command Conflicts in Grant’s Overland Campaign: Ambition and Animosity in the Army of the Potomac.