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The book Gods and Generals is a book about the civil war What makes this book different from other civil war books out there is that this book concerns itself more with following individual people Most civil war books are purely informational Gods and Generals focuses on the individual people that the war affected dramatically Plot Summary In the beginning of the book the author tells of two amazing things that happened in the middle of the 1940s First West Point a military academy graduated several classes of outstanding cadets The second thing that happened was the Mexican war This war is the first time the US has taken a fight outside of its borders The author then introduces each character in turn Lee returns home to a broken down farm an arthritic wife and a pretty pitiful piece of land Jackson is continuing to teach at VMI Though Stonewall Jackson understands the lessons perfectly he has trouble getting his students to understand Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was hunting with his brother and is almost afraid of killing something Winfield Scott Hancock was a quarter-master in California Hancock hated his job He wanted to see some military action They are all recruited into the Military Robert E Lee ends up as the General of the Confederate army He leads them to a valiant fight against the North Stonewall Jackson becomes a Major and leads the Stonewall Brigade He is the emotional center of the army Everyone looks up to him Hancock becomes a Major and leads a Division in the fight against the South Chamberlain becomes a corporal and helps lead his own division His division takes part in many major attacks on the southern army Author Info Jeff Shaara was born in 1952 in New Brunswick New Jersey It was a family vacation that gave his father Michael Shaara the idea to write his book The Killer Angels Jeff returned to the historic
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