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 Who were the killer angels in Michael Shaara's Civil War novel The Killer Angels? I don't know who they were.

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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Do you feel the novel, The Killer Angels, is pro-Union or pro-Confederate?

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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Why was the Battle of Little Round Top important to both the North and the South? What was the final result of this...

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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Is General Longstreet wrong to obey Lee's orders, even though he disagrees? Would it have been better for Longsteet...

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"...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 6:29 pm UTC

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Is The Killer Angels biased?  

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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Is the main thesis of The Killer Angels to show the reader what the soldiers'/generals' real reasons are for fighting...

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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How does the Lewis Armistead and Winfield Hancock relationship define the war in The Killer Angels?

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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In The Killer Angels, what are some similarities and differences between the North and South in the terms of why they...

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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In the novel The Killer Angels, compare the relationships--and the complications created at Gettysburg--between Union...

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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How would you describe the relationship between General Robert E. Lee and General James Longstreet, Lee's corps...

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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Give three examples of how geography played a role in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg in The Killer Angels.  

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...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 5:47 am UTC

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What are three samples of figurative language that Michael Shaara used in The Killer Angels?

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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What is the significance of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's command in The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara?

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914) had only been promoted to colonel and commander of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment about one month prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. When the brigade of...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 1:46 am UTC

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Why did the author write the book The Killer Angels? Why is The Killer Angels important to history?

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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Compare and contrast in 4-5 sentences the composition of both armies in The Killer Angels, including officers and...

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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What did Chamberlain mean when he said, "There was the divine spark" in The Killer Angels?

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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How is the issue of slavery dealt with by the characters in The Killer Angels?

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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Why doesn't Chamberlain want his brother to be in the army? Why is he bothered by having his brother serving with him...

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 The Killer Angels, which character is fictional?

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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What was "The Cause" for Longstreet in The Killer Angels?  

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...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2019 11:38 pm UTC

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What are the differences and similarities in the attitudes of the Northern Leaders with those of the Southern leaders?

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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How does The Killer Angels' author Michael Shaara characterize Confederate General Lewis Armistead?

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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What are the differences between the book The Killer Angels and the actual battle of Gettysburg?

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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Why is chamberlain bothered about having his brother serving with him in his regiment?

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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Who is Kilrain fighting in The Killer Angels?

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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Why does Trimble thank Longstreet for an assignment that could very likely hasten Trimble’s own death?

General Trimble, who commanded one of Stonewall Jackson's divisions early 1863, became ill, left the army to recuperate, and lost his command, which went to E. A. Johnson. When Trimble realized...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012 5:49 pm UTC

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How did the book, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, comment on the nature of war politically?

Aside from the slavery issue, The Killer Angels doesn't address in-depth political aspects. It primarily retells the unfolding events of the epic Battle of Gettysburg--the bloodiest ever on...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011 1:47 am UTC

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In The Killer Angels, what did Armistead hope to do while at Gettysburg?  

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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What dangers did the spy face in The Killer Angels, and how did he feel about General Lee?  

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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How do the characters in The Killer Angels deal with death, and what does this show you about the war and/or the time...

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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What is a good song that relates to The Killer Angels?

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...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 4:10 pm UTC

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Why does Longstreet comment that Garnett would have to die in The Killer Angels?

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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There are many instances where loyalty appears throughout The Killer Angels, what are 2 or 3 specific examples from...

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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By comparing the novel, The Killer Angels, to the movie, Gettysburg, how did Hollywood take a fictional novel and...

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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In Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, what does Lee mean about being "blind"? What will Lee miss?

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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What are two major themes in "The Killer Angels?" How do they compare and contrast to US History?

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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What does Fremantle hope will take place if the South does win?  

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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What was the importance of Pickett's Charge to the North and the South? What factors added to the failure or...

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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Why did Lee move his Army of Northern Virginia into Union territory, & why must Meade's Army of the Potomac track...

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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Why does General Longstreet doubt his own spy's report of the union army's advance toward Confederate troops in...

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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What role does the issue of slavery play as to the purpose of the war in general compared to the Battle of Gettysburg...

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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In regards to The Killer Angels, how does the theme of loyalty to commanding officers appear throughout various wars...

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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In The Killer Angels, Robert Lee is told that they might find what in Gettysburg?   This question can be found...

Please limit your eNotes queries to one question per post. I have edited your question accordingly. Robert E. Lee's mighty Army of Northern Virginia was fresh off another victory over the much...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 12:06 pm UTC

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Were Soldiers Religious? What did they think about God?

This is really more of an individual character question rather than a general one. Whether or not a soldier was religious depends on a soldier's personal situation, or life, before, during, and...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008 4:17 pm UTC

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What does Lee see that informs him that the fight is not over in The Killer Angels?

You are not very specific about the time and place that Lee decides the fight will go on. First, he worries that the new Union commander, George Meade, will carry on the fight. A native of...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2013 6:45 pm UTC

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Friday, July 3, 1863, Chapter 4, Armistead What concerns Armistead about this battle? Short answer question. You...

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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What are two opposing points of view in "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara? ex: salt vs. pepper, North...

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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In The Killer Angels, why will the battle be fought at Gettysburg?

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...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 4:13 am UTC

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Why doesn't Longstreet try to take command from Lee when he disagrees with his war tactics in The Killer Angels?  

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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What were Professor Joshua Chamberlain's reasons for joining the military in The Killer Angels?

A professor of rhetoric at Bowdoin College in Maine before the war, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain had enlisted in the Union army because of a simple belief: the dignity of man. The Southern cause...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2011 9:12 am UTC

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