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Telegram from J.L. Chamberlain to Brunswick Selectmen, 1880

Contributed by Pejepscot Historical Society

For twelve days in January of 1880, the State of Maine experienced a rebellion. The election of the new governor was called into question, with several candidates claiming victory. General Joshua Chamberlain, as head of the state militia, was called into action to preserve the state. He stood guard over the state capitol for the twelve days, preserving the state government. His life was threatened several times, causing him to worry over the safety of his family and his home in Brunswick, ME. He sent a telegram from Augusta to the Brunswick Selectmen to watch over his home, but not to alarm his wife. The text of the telegram is:


(Confidential,) Please see
that my house is looked
after but dont alarm
my wife.

J.L. Chamberlain




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  • Title: Telegram from J.L. Chamberlain to Brunswick Selectmen, 1880
  • Creator: Chamberlain, Joshua L.
  • Creation Date: 1880-01-17
  • Subject Date: 1880-01-17
  • Local Name: State Capitol
  • Town: Augusta, Brunswick
  • County: Cumberland, Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: ink on paper telegram
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 14 cm
  • Local Code: M Coll 24 Box 5 Folder 7
  • Collection: M Coll 24 Brunswick Town Records
  • Object Type: Text

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Pejepscot Historical Society
159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 729-6606
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