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Savior of Little Round Top at Gettysburg's Hand Carved Ring
Item #: L5347
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I just love this piece! It is a hand carved ring made of bone that was from the estate of one of the all time heroes of the American Civil War, General Joshua Chamberlain. Chamberlain gained fame for his decisive action that held the famous Little Round Top hill during the fierce fighting at Gettysburg. He saved his 20th Maine Infantry Regiment by holding the vitally important hill from the Confederate onslaught. Throughout his life he tried to do what was right and honorable. He was at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox and drew his men to attention as the Confederate General passed as he realized he was in the presence of one of the greatest Americans ever born. even though they disagreed on many things. The ring came from the group of items that belonged to Chamberlain that were in the Walker Homestead in Topsham, Maine. These items were basically untouched until they went to auction in 1951. I acquired the ring from the personal collection of Janet and Bedford Hayes, whose grandfather lived across the street from the Walker Homestead. The ring has been a cherished part of their collection for decades. The ring itself is a simple piece made of bone and carved with a decoration on each side and on the top portion it proudly has the letters "J.L.C.". These letters are for Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The letters and decoration stand out from the bone because the carving is filled in with red wax, likely from a candle of the day. We don't know when or by whom Chamberlain acquired the ring but it is in the style of many of the prisoner of war carved pieces you see often in the market. The ring is displayed on a red piece of cloth. I asked the Hayes' why it was on the cloth and Bedford's reply was that he saw it on the cloth when he was a boy and that is the way he kept it. This is a fantastic small piece of history from one of the true great Americans.

Price: $3,500.00 USD (Sale Pending)

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