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The Killer Angels By Michael Sharra

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The Killer Angels by Michael Sharra The Killer Angels by Michael Sharra tells about the Battle of Gettysburg that took place in the Civil War. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was invading the North on July of 1863. The Battle of Gettysburg is depicted through the perspectives of General Robert E. Lee who made a daring move with seventy thousand men in an effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and has hurt it severely, General Longstreet, man who is loyal to Lee but stubbornly argues against Lee's plan, Major General John Buford (from the South), General Lewis Armistead, and Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (from the North). Opposing Lee and his men is General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War. The book tells of a three day battle that took place in Pennsylvania, for which men were drafted in order to defend freedom. The first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederacy learned more about the Union from a spy that works for the Army of North Carolina, Harrison. Harrison's job was to scout out the Union's positioning and the amount of troops. Harrison reported what he recalled from spying on the Union to General Robert E. Lee. His report included that the Union army was within a range of two-hundred miles of the Confederate's current position. The Union commander was Hooker who was soon replaced by Major General Meade. The information was reliable and Lee attempts to cut off the Union from Washington D.C. by sending troops to Gettysburg. The second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lee kills Reynolds and made an attack Buford's cavalry. There were disagreements between General Robert E. Lee and General Longstreet about General Ewell's orders. Ewell ignores Lee's orders and does not attack the Union Army and Chamberlain leads his wounded men to surprise one of the Confederate forces and managed to defend Little Round Top. The third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Lee ordered his soldiers to attack the Union in the center. Lee was determined that the center of the Union could not resist their massive blow. Longstreet heeded Lee's orders...

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