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Between the days of July 1 1863 and July 4 1863 the Civil Wars outcome was decided These four days have been known as the Battle of Gettysburg the turning point of the war In The Killer Angels Michael Shaara brings us a vivid image of what the battle was like Shaaras work is very impressive He is able to capture how things were during the Civil War The fate of the country was resting on that war so the novel adds a great deal to the readers mind Shaara was able to bring to the reader a little of the war The book also gives you a feel for some of the important characters of the battle including Lee Longstreet Pickett Buford and Hancock The most inspiring figure in the book however is Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain He led the 20th Maine regiment of volunteers who held the Unions left flank on the second day of the battle The Killer Angels gives us an idea on how war affects people The characters could have been anyone The author focuses in on universal emotions not great figures For example everyone has always heard of Grant and Lee because of their importance But few have heard stories about the common soldier The book centralizes on the actions of the common soldier even though it is from the leaders point o viewEmotion in the story affects even generals Several times in the book you can see that they feel for those lost in battle Usually generals are often portrayed as being larger than life Shaara adds a human touch to them One conclusion that could be drawn from the book is that the Confederates quick start had some effect Outnumbered the Union forces managed to hold until afternoon when they were overpowered and driven back In the confusion thousands of Union soldiers were captured before they could rally on Cemetery Hill The Confederates had captured the town
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