The Killer Angels By Michael Shaara Essay

1078 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The novel “The Killer Angels”, written by Michael Shaara, tells about the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most pivotal conflict during the American Civil War. It is common knowledge that Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his army of 70,000 to the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania after gaining a victory against Union forces at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He believed that with a recent win his troops were ready to attack and defeat the North. The battle took place from July 1 to July 3 of 1863 and resulted in a Confederate defeat. The Confederate’s suffered a loss of 28,000 men with the Union losses at 23,000 men. This book brings a more personal and factual retelling of the Battle of Gettysburg. History is one of my favorite subjects and this book put me on a journey I’ve never experienced when reading and learning about history. The way that Shaara retold the story using old letters and viewpoints of people who stood on that battlefield is exhilarating. By also using old maps of army’s locations and how each regiment was moved gave a surreal feel as if I was standing there. I wasn’t excited about reading this book in the beginning, because I believed it to be another boring history book with just the basic facts. I was totally caught by surprise when Shaara said, “I have therefore avoided historical opinions and gone back primarily to the words of the men themselves, their letters and other documents” (Shaara pg. xiii). America’s history should be…

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