Gettysburg: Colonel Chamberlain's Speech

Colonel Chamberlain delivers a speech to a large group of men to redevote them to the cause of the Civil War. He explains that they are fighting for social justice: to set other men free rather than conquer land or loot. He desperately needs them to join his Northern Maine regiment for the battle, which became the turning point of the war and ultimately supported the outcome for the North.

Public Discussion Questions


  1. Why did people first volunteer for the Northern Maine regiment?
  2. What does Chamberlain say is remarkable about this moment?
  3. How do the men react to his speech?

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Standards


This clip is associated with the following standards:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of the following dates: 1519, mapping of the Texas coast and first mainland...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization, revolution,...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the P...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands individuals, issues, and events of the Civil War. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the roles played by significant individuals during the Civil War, including Jefferson Davis,...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and signif...

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Public Pause Prompts


Start Time Prompt Timing Length
00:17 Who is Chamberlain addressing? Timed 01:00
00:22 What is he talking about in this segment? What's the metaphor he's using? Timed 01:30

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