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The Killer Angels, which is written by Michael Shaara, tells the story of the great battle of Gettysburg, which left 50,000 confederate and Union soldiers dead, wounded, or missing.

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Blake Ledbetter 23 March, 2003 Gifted Directed Studies Joel Volpi The Killer Angels Most people think of the Civil War as a battle between the North and South. Without studying the subject, they do not appreciate the facts that make up this necessary historical event. When one reads the novel, The Killer Angels, the reader will have a much better perception and understanding of what really went on during the civil war. The Killer Angels, which is written by Michael Shaara, tells the story of the great battle of Gettysburg, which left 50,000 confederate and Union soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. The novel is written in a dialogue featuring both sides major participants in the war, including Robert E Lee and Longstreet. ...read more.

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The setting for the book takes place in Pennsylvania, where the Battle of Gettysburg is fought. The author provides many detailed maps of both armies' positions. Throughout the book, the reader is shown the pain, difficulty, agony, and other predicaments the armies face leading up to the final confrontation. In the beginning of the book we learn about the North from a spy for the South. His job was to scout the North's position as well count the number of troops. He reports to General Robert E. Lee and recalls what he saw. The spy's information proved useful to the Confederates' at the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg. The fight at Gettysburg is a series of battles. ...read more.

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. . could I have foreseen that the attack on the last day would fail, I should certainly have tried some other course . . . but I do not know what better course I could have pursued". General Lee wanted to attack the Union troops at Gettysburg, even though the North had the better position, more supplies, and more troops. Lee's mind was already set and he did not want to change it. Overall, Lee was a good general, but during this particular battle, he did not make the best of decisions, which in the opinion of the author led to the Confederate troops losing the war. In conclusion, I recommend The Killer Angels to anyone who is curious or interested about finding out what the Civil War was like. The book provides a good and detailed description of the war. Ledbetter 1 ...read more.

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