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The Killer Angels By Michael Shaara

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The Killer Angels Essay “There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.” Stated by Abraham Lincoln, this quote embodies the essence of war, its tragic character and unfortunate occasional necessity. Accordingly, the outcome of war and its battles is often determined by the attitudes of the leaders of the opposing sides, including their causes for the willingness to fight and to be fought. Such was the case with the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels presents the leaders of the Army of the Potomac and the leaders of the Army of Northern Virginia with antithetical attitudes in relation to the Civil War. Although the causes of the leaders of the Union Army and the Confederate Army were both associated with the notion of freedom, the perspectives on freedom were contrasting with the Union Army advocating freedom of the individual, and the Confederate Army advocating freedom the states. Also, the leaders of the Army of the Potomac and the leaders of the Army of Northern Virginia had different outlooks on successful war strategies, with the Union favoring defensive tactics and the Confederacy favoring honorable offensive approaches. Additionally, the Union Army’s leaders had a gargantuan amount of confidence and perseverance which aided in winning the Battle of Gettysburg, while the Confederate Army was not as persistent and capitulated in battle.
To begin, Michael
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