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The Killer Angels Letter From Longstreet To His Wife

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Dear Louise,Things have changed a lot in a short period of time. One of our generals was preparing his army for a battle, when they made a surprise attack. It was devastating. General Lee is very stubborn, he listens to none of my ideas. I feel we will lose this war. Lee is making plans that are sure not to work. It may even be partly my fault because I can't focus on battle. I can only think about our three children, whom I long for every breath I take.The battle of yesterday really cleaned us out. We barely have any artillery left or even an ...view middle of the document...

They were attacked sneakily and suffered greatly from it. Ewell didn't get a chance to contact any of us. I later attempted to convince General Lee once again, but it didn't work. I respect him a lot, therefore, I don't disobey his commands. I then told the artillery commander to fire at the hill. The crossfire started the day's battle.The battle of Getteysberg was unsuccessful. We tried to use what was left of out artillery, but our aim was off. This had no affect on them. Lee assigned me to attack at the center of the line. That is what I did, and I set Pickett in charge of the assault. At the time of the attack, they shot cannons at us, which left huge gaps in our line. Pickett lost half of his men due to the gunfire that was taking place when we were in close range. We had to retreat, we were losing badly. That was the end of the battle of Getteysberg.Lee surprisingly apologized to all of the generals. I still see him as a great general although we disagree sometimes. I had some friends on the Union side, it was very difficult for me to fight them, but in war, you have to do what you have to do. I am really happy that the war is over. I can finally be home with you. This is my last letter to you because the war is over. I'll see you soon...Your Husband,James

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