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Most people think of the Civil War as a military battlebetween the North and South Without studying the subjectthey do not appreciate the facts that make up this historicalevent When one reads the novel The Killer Angels thereader will have a much better perception and understandingof what actually happened during the war The Killer Angelswhich is written by Michael Shaara tells the epic story of thegreat battle of Gettysburg which left 50000 Confederateand Union soldiers dead wounded or missing The tale istold from the alternating points of view from several of eachsides significant participants The book moves back andforth from the North and South perspective Shaara portraysthe terrible butchery of the three days fighting through thevividly ren- dered thoughts and emotions of men such asGeneral Robert E Lee Major General John Buford fromthe South and from the North Brigadier General LewisArmistead and Colonel Joshua Chamberlain This is atremendously moving novel guaranteed unforget- table Thebook instills in ones mind what a battle fought during theCivil War was actu- ally like to be apart of for the soldiersThe setting for the book takes place in Pennsylvania wherethe Battle of Gettys- burg is fought The author providesmany detailed maps of both armys positions Throughoutthe book the reader is shown the pain difficulty anguishand other dilemmas the armies face leading up to the finalconfrontation In the beginning of the book we learn aboutthe North from a spy for the South His job was to scout theNorths position as well count the number of troops Hereports to General Robert E Lee and recalls what he sawThe spys information proved useful to the Confederates atthe beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg The fight atGettysburg is a series of battles At first the South gainsground but eventually the North secures the better fieldposition and crushes the Southern forces The author makesit clear that it is General Robert E Lees poor judgment andde- cisions that causes the South to lose the Battle ofGettysburg
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