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Gods and generals The American Civil War was a military conflict between the United States of America the Union and 11 secessionist Southern states organized as the Confederate States of America the Confederacy It was the culmination of four decades of intense sectional conflict and it reflected deep-seated economic social and political differences between the North and the South Many books have been written on this first modern war describing how over 620000 men were killed Jeff Shaara goes deeper and explores the personal conflicts of four historical figures two from the South and two from North General Lee General Jackson Colonel Chamberlain and Hancock Robert E Lees story began with a dilemma he had to decide whether to stay to fight with the army he has been serving for 30 years or to resign and go to Virginia to defend his home Life in the army had ruined his life Throughout Part 1 Lee feels something missing from inside him the feeling of action of war While in Texas General Winfield Scott asks Lee to serve as second in command of the Union Army but due to the possibility that Virginia could also secede he declines Still yearning for action he accepts the command of the Provisional Army the defense forces for the state of Virginia He goes on to recruit Major Thomas Jackson Jackson replies by saying If they do not run then they die Pg 135 I will do whatever I must to defeat my enemies Pg 135 This describes Major Jacksons general attitude towards war and towards God Jackson is extremely pious and does all he can to please God and to follow His path Newspaper coverage of his battles quickly publicized him and the title Hero was given to Jackson Throughout the war Jackson shows dedication going beyond his orders and chasing away his enemies He also shows an immense concern for his troops His men were shabby
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