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It is like listening to a newscaster report live on an unfolding crisis. The more I think on it the more it horrifies me.
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He meets with Longstreet, who wants to swing southeast and come between the Union army and Washington, D. When I first started reading the book, we had just begun talking about the civil war in class. Many are there for their own personal reasons. Lee wants a final, definitive battle, and the Confederates are confident they can rout Gen. He is blind without Stuart, because without him he has no idea where the Union army is. Longstreet reluctantly agrees to attack the center of the line and places Pickett in charge of the assault. How can they look in the eyes of a man and make a slave of him and then quote the Bible? But he could not tell whether it was truly dust or only a natural sheen of light on hair above black skin. He decides he has no choice but to attack anyway, and a bloodbath on both sides is the result. The Union Army is the opposite. He adds a couple of additional viewpoints to round out the story, using the characters of Harrison, a Confederate spy, Armistead, one of the Confederate commanders under Pickett, and Fremantle, an English observer on the Confederate side.
Two other Confederate generals arrive and send word to Lee that they have engaged the Union troops, who continue to pour in from the south. The omniscient viewpoint gives the author a way to communicate many details, something that would be difficult to do through the eyes of only one person.
But to be a good officer you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love. Lee prays silently and inwardly praises God for allowing his heart pain to ease.
Throughout The Killer Angels, one can see all aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of the Army leaders themselves. Summary Advisory Plot Summary This story of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War uses characters and the order of events that are historically accurate, though the dialogue is fictional.
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The timing of this review is no accident. Lee arrives in Gettysburg and finds the battle in full fury. Arthur Fremantle, an officer from England accompanying the Confederates as an observer, is unwaveringly certain that the Confederates will win because he believes that they are gentleman and the Union soldiers are rabble. The description of the armies reveals their qualities, motivations, and stark differences. On the Confederate side he focuses on Lee and Longstreet, while on the Union side he focuses on Buford and Chamberlain. He orders the men to fix their bayonets and charge. Lee because of quotes like these. As the U. The book starts with a Foreword that gives details of the armies and people involved. Without this knowledge I would have been astounded by the number of soldiers fighting and the many deaths that occurred in just one day. On July 3, Longstreet again advises Lee against a frontal assault, but Lee is adamant. On the opposite side of the army lines and the ideological spectrum, Col. The inclusion of a book's review does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family. Using scenes that show the interactions of some of the men involved, you see the problems faced and decisions made, as well as the personal and individual reactions to those decisions. It largely shaped many facets about the kind of country we have today: The relationship between blacks and whites, the States and the Federal Government, and the various regions of the country.
Lee arrives in Gettysburg and finds the battle in full fury. Since the Confederate artillery shoots too high, not much damage is dealt to the Union batteries.
After reading the novel, I had an immensely greater understanding of what went on throughout the few days of the battle.
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