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The term "Killer Angels" is actually attributed to one of the central characters, Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. According to Chamberlain, he had recited a Shakespearean piece that included the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2011, 5:16 am (UTC)

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The significance of the geography of the Gettysburg battlefield is even more interesting when you consider that neither army intended to fight a battle there. General Robert E. Lee, upon learning...

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In The Killer Angels, General James Longstreet is well aware of the causes of his fellow Confederates. He knows that some, like the late Stonewall Jackson, saw the Southern cause as a holy crusade...

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The fight on Little Round Top was the decisive action on the second day during the Battle of Gettysburg. Little Round Top, defended by the brigade of Colonel Strong Vincent, was the extreme left...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010, 10:34 am (UTC)

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I would agree that this is one of the themes of The Killer Angels. However, as with all books there are multiple themes and ideas expressed. It's especially true in a novel such as this where the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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There are endless examples of figurative language in Michael Shaara's Civil War novel, The Killer Angels. Figurative language can include a variety of literary devices, including the simile,...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011, 1:36 am (UTC)

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Once in a while, we know why an author writes a book because they tell us why. We know, for example, that William Faulkner wrote one of his most well known short stories, "A Rose for Emily,"...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019, 2:17 am (UTC)

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Lee and Longstreet at times reflect an almost father-son relationship (though not as dramatically as the the Lee-J.E.B. Stuart pairing). Lee is the unquestioned leader of the Army of Northern...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The spy in The Killer Angels, like such men everywhere, is a man whose loyalty to any cause is ambiguous or non-existent. Longstreet does not trust him, though he's indispensable because the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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The scout, Harrison, was actually a real-life spy for the Confederacy, working under the occasional supervision of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Harrison, a Richmond stage actor, had a cover story to...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2011, 1:34 am (UTC)

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Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania was done for a number of reasons. First, he thought that he would be able to get food and other supplies from the rich land of the area he was invading. Perhaps more...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009, 7:49 am (UTC)

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General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was at the height of its power during the days leading up to the invasion of Pennsylvania. Lee's army had, only a month before, driven...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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Before the Civil War, Lewis Armstead and Winfield Hancock are the best of friends. When the American Civil War reaches them, they end up on opposite sides of the battle fields. Lewis Armstead ends...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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On the surface Kilrain is an Irish immigrant fighting for the Union Army, however I think your question can be better answered by digging deeper into the 'why' of Kilrain's fighting. Kilrain is...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2009, 5:01 am (UTC)

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In Michael Shaara's book, The Killer Angels, the lives of several people are followed—their thoughts and actions shared—over the course of four days... ...during which the Battle of Gettysburg,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011, 10:43 am (UTC)

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The main concentration of Michael Shara's Pulitzer Prize winning book The Killer Angels is on the development of the battle situation at Gettysburg in 1863, and how that plays out in the first part...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010, 2:45 am (UTC)

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The Northern army believes that the Civil War is about freeing the slaves. While the Southern army sees it as a cause for state's rights. "Chamberlain, who is probably the most idealistic...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008, 3:09 am (UTC)

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I believe that author Michael Shaara has bent over backwards trying to present an unbiased view of the Battle of Gettysburg. He manages to portray the Confederate characters in a chivalric, heroic...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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Lieutenant General James Longstreet does not think much of spies, and he has apparently only met Harrison once, when the man was paid to bring him information concerning the movements of the Union...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure my answer will help you with your essay, but I believe the late author Michael Shaara bent over backwards trying to maintain neutrality in telling his tale of the Battle of Gettysburg....

Latest answer posted September 3, 2011, 6:00 am (UTC)

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Southerners were quick to join the military ranks because they felt they were being invaded by foreigners. After all, they believed that they had the right to secede from the Union and form their...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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A Maine man through and through, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain's stand at Little Round Top saved the Union army from disaster at the decisive battle of Gettysburg. With him in the 20th Maine regiment...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009, 12:13 am (UTC)

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In Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, we can find examples of direct characterization of Joshua Chamberlain by looking for the places in which Shaara or the narrator tells us straightforwardly...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Death is something that is constantly on the minds of the soldiers, although most of them have accepted that it is a part of their duty. The fear of being killed in battle is not outwardly...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011, 2:08 am (UTC)

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Aside from Lee's and Longstreet's disagreement about battle tactics--Lee prefers an offensive strategy with frontal assaults by massed forces, while Longstreet believes that a defensive posture is...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011, 9:41 am (UTC)

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Unquestioned loyalty seems to be one of the themes that runs through The Killer Angels, and not only in the fictional characters created by author Michael Shaara but in the true historical context...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2011, 1:00 am (UTC)

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One of the main themes of “The Killer Angels” is the different beliefs about the cause of the war. Both the North and the South believed they were right in the beliefs that they fought for. The...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2009, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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James Longstreet (1821–1904) was a Confederate general during the Civil War. He was a capable battlefield commander. He was not, however, as aggressive or as popular as Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall"...

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General Richard Garnett is one of Longstreet's brigade commanders serving in the division of General George Pickett. Dick Garnett is a proud man, coming from an old Virginia family; his cousin,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2013, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Since the early days of our country's history, the U. S. military has been blessed with overwhelming success, thanks in part to its strong leadership and faithful subordinates. Aside from a very...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 6:43 am (UTC)

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A brigade commander serving in the Confederate division of George Pickett, Lewis Armistead laments that he has not seen his closest friend, Union corps commander Winfield Scott Hancock, since their...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012, 7:05 pm (UTC)

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As you know from the reading the novel, it relies heavily on real officers from America's Civil War. So, it is rather unusual that the author MichaelShaarachose to include a fictional...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2009, 4:58 am (UTC)

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Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock and Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Armistead were the best of friends when serving together in the pre-war U. S. Army in California. "They had been...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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When Chamberlain makes this statement, he is responding to a comment about how hard the Confederate army was willing to fight for the institution of slavery. Despite losing the battle, the...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2012, 1:52 am (UTC)

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The Killer Angels was actually made into a film called Gettysburg, starring Jeff Daniels, which released a number of soundtracks. The first album, Gettysburg, was the music from the original...

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Brigadier General Lewis Armistead (1817-1863) is portrayed by author Michael Shaara as a romantic character--perhaps the greatest romantic among a soldierly sea of romantics. He dreams of being...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012, 2:45 am (UTC)

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The issue of slavery does not seem to have much relevance to most the main characters at the Battle of Gettysburg in The Killer Angels, aside from the passionate anti-slavery views held by one of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012, 8:10 am (UTC)

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There is little documentation to the thoughts of the main characters during the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, so author Michael Shaara fictionalized this aspect of his Pulitzer...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011, 11:59 am (UTC)

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Since author Michael Shaara went to great lengths to make his 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels as accurate as possible, coming up with actual differences between the book and the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009, 6:44 am (UTC)

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee first questions the possibility of advancing into Pennsylvania "blind" during his momentous march toward Gettysburg in Michael Shaara's superb Civil War novel, The...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2009, 7:42 am (UTC)

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Joshua Chamberlain, commander of the 20th Maine, and his younger brother, Tom, were not unique in that many close relatives served together in units, particularly in the state-supplied volunteer...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012, 6:11 am (UTC)

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One thing that is troubling Armistead prior to the battle is his old friend, Union General Hancock, whom he will soon face on the battlefield. He considers the possiblilty of crossing the lines to...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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Just as you stated yourself, the North vs. the South is definitely a significant example of opposing points of view (or the Union and Rebel). Another example would be the opposing points of view...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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Following the Army of Northern Virginia's decisive victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Robert E. Lee decided the time was right for a second invasion of the North. Marching into...

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Robert E. Lee was already a living legend in the South when he decided to invade Pennsylvania following the great Confederate victory at Chancellorsville less than a month before. No Union army had...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012, 8:22 am (UTC)

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Fremantle believes that Southerners are essentially Englishmen at heart, or to be more specific, English aristocrats. And like the English aristocrats they feel themselves to be deep down, they...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 6:09 am (UTC)

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Pickett's Charge proved to be one of the most significant--and, for the South, disastrous--actions of the entire Civil War. It culminated Robert E. Lee's dream of taking the fight from Virginia...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010, 6:06 am (UTC)

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Allusion in The Killer Angels enhances the theme of the novel when the conversation between Kilrain and Chamberlain take place under the tree. Generally used as a reference to a person, place,or...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2010, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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General Longstreet, along with General Lee, assumed that they would have known of the Army of the Potomac's movements because the main Confederate cavalry under J. E. B. ("Jeb") Stuart was...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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It is not completely clear to whom Longstreet is saying goodbye. It seems, however, that he is saying goodbye to the Confederate dead left on the field. Longstreet has just met with Robert E. Lee,...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012, 1:46 am (UTC)

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