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In The Killer Angels Michael Shaara recreates the Battle of Gettysburg through vivid pictures of events during and leading up to the battle and to reconstruct the actions of several generals who participated In The Killer Angels the lives of some of the survivors of Gettysburg are relived Within the four main sections the narrative alternates between the vantage points of Union and Rebel soldiers Monday June 29 1863 Harrison a spy for the Army of Northern Virginia reports to its commander General Robert E Lee and his right-hand man Lt General James Longstreet that 80000 to 100000 Union soldiers have marched within 200 miles of Lees position near Chambersburg Pennsylvania This information surprises both generals whose troops had invaded the North and who would now be outnumbered by these Union forces Harrison also bears news of a change in Union leadership Major General George Meade had replaced Fighting Joe Hooker as commander of the Union Army Lee sees this change as an opportunity to strike while the new commander gets his bearings Maine Volunteers informs Colonel Chamberlain who is in command of part of the union army that 120 mutineers are being sent to his command These men are said to have refused to fight for any regiment other than the Second Maine their original outfit which has been disbanded The Unions new commander General Meade had authorized Chamberlain to shoot any man who wont fight Chamberlain a college professor in his civilian life uses compassion and persuasion instead of threats to convince all but six of the men to join in the fight Wednesday July 1 1863--The First Day The first shots were fired at dawn as Rebels attacked Bufords union leader dismounted cavalry Lee commander of the confederatesrebelsencounters one weak link after another in his struggle to win the battle First there is Powell Hills bout where illness took the day then Harry Heths confusion about who he was
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