The killer angels is a world acclaimed novel that was written by an author known as Michael Shaara. In the year 1975, it was granted the Pulitzer Prize for creative writing. It gives us in details the occurrences of the four days in the Battle of Gettysburg. This was during the American Civil War that occurred in the year 1863. At this time, troops that comprised of both the Union and Confederacy were at war in town called Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. This is a piece of story that is driven by disposition and narrated from the point of view of various heroes (Hartwig, 1996).
The novel starts with a preamble that actually pace sets the panorama for the proceeding actions. It is really split into two sections. The first one defines two kinds of armies. These are the armies of Northern Virginia that are headed by Robert Lee. It managed to go through Potomac situated at Williamsport and attacked the Northern areas. All this occurred in the year 1863. The major objective was to dare the Union army into a war and defeat it. Towards the end of June that year, the Potomac army and Union army that had at least eighty thousand men decided to advance northward on the heels of the rebels that somehow halted at Gettysburg. In the next section, a description of the main characters is done. On the confederate side, Robert Edward Lee, James Longstreet, George Pinkett, Richard Ewell, Ambrose Power Hill, Lewis Armistead, Richard Brooke Garnett, J.E.B. Stuart, Jubal Early are mentioned. On the union side, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, John Buford, John Reynolds, George Gordon Meade, Winfield Scott Hancock are also named.
On the 29th of June, a Monday, a man called Harrison and who also happened to be an emissary was asked to go and identify the location of the Union Army. On this day, he identifies down from the top of the forest upon two union soldiers, over twenty thousand soldiers making a hasty movement. He chooses to get out of the horseback and gets to the confederate just after the dark has set in. he is guided to where the general Longstreet is to whom he conveys a lot of information about the location of the Union Army. Surprisingly, General Longstreet hardly anticipated that the union army could be any close at all. He gets cynical concerning the reliability of Harrisons report. Nevertheless, Harrison insists that he is right and something has to be quickly done. General Longstreet ponders on the fact that if at all the report from Harrison is indeed true, then his army would be in great danger. He therefore, takes Harrison to Lee who is equally skeptical about the accuracy and dependability on the words from an emissary. Nonetheless, Lee decides to act on the spur of the moment focusing to come behind the Union forces and get them away from Washington. Lee later proclaims the proclamation that the armies should start moving at down towards the little town called Gettysburg.
Colonel Joshua Chamberlain is the commander of the twentieth Maine...