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Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Essay

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Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels is an awesome and vivid story about the battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg was one of the most bloody and horrific battle of the American Civil

War. Author Michael Shaara does an excellent job of showing the bravery and valor of

the men fighting on both sides.

The story begins in a town near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the town of

Taneytown on June 29, 1863. Harrison, a spy for the confederacy, returns to General

Longstreet late in the night and tells him about the Union troops he spotted moving closer

to their camp and could ambush them at any time. Longstreet doesn't believe Harrison at

first but Harrison is able to convince him eventually. Longstreet
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Longstreet reports to Lee that the new

commander of the Union forces is George Meade, and that he believes the Union Forces

have occupied Gettysburg. He suggests battle tactics to Lee but they are turned down

because they are too defensive. The confederate forces begin to attack General Buford's

troops in Gettysburg and are being overwhelmed until General Reynolds troops arrive to

help. Reynolds is shot and killed when he arrives and his troops fight without a

commander. It shifts over to General Lee who is just arriving at the battle. He's annoyed

because he has had no information about any of this because Stuart is still no where to be

found. Lee wants to fight the Union head on and does not retreat his troops or listen to

Longstreet's tactics. Lee will not listen to Longstreet, and Lee's reticence makes

Longstreet depressed. Longstreet starts to think about his children who died from fever

over the winter, and he becomes even more depressed. He knows that the army is all that

is left of meaning to him. Lee meets with three other generals to discuss strategies, Ewell,

Rhodes, and Early. He wants Ewell to attack the right of the northern army the next day,

and the other armies to move to the southeast and block the Union from Washington D.C.,

which was Longstreet's idea. Lee goes to bed, and now General Buford of the Union is

surveying the Hill that was taken by his forces earlier. He is ordered
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