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In "The Killer Angels," how did the continual changes in Union command structure affect its army's performance?

The constant change in command presented the idea (and fact) that the government did not have a sharp focus on its goal for winning the war (hence, it went from saving the Union to freeing the...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

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Who are the characters in pages xi-32 in The Killer Angels?

The major characters of The Killer Angels from pages xi-32: THE MEN IN GREY GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE. Lee is the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. He confers with his second-in-command,...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010 10:54 am UTC

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In Chapter 6, July 3rd, Chamberlain says "Well, they're all equal now" (talking about the dead men) What does he mean?

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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What are some examples of direct characterization of Joshua Chamberlain?

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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In The Killer Angels, why does General Longstreet doubt his own spy's report of the Union Army's advance toward...

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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In the Chapter 5, July 3rd, it says, "Then he [Longstreet] turned and went out into the field to say goodbye..." To...

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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Why does Buford settle in the cemetery in The Killer Angels?

Cemetery Hill is high ground and is therefore a good defensive position. Lee recognizes the advantage of occupying Cemetery Hill and orders Early to take it. Lee wants to force the Union forces to...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2008 4:07 am UTC

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Should the Union troops have followed the Confederates and attacked tham as they retreated from Gettysburg in The...

Had the Union army decided to pursue the retreating Confederates immediately and in large numbers, they almost certainly would have destroyed Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia--had they...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2012 1:44 pm UTC

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Describe Chamberlain's feelings about the carnage and all the deaths sustained at the battle.

Chamberlain is sickened and disheartened. His response is stronger than many of the other Union leaders' because from the beginning of the novel he is a more sensitive, philosophical character....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2009 4:14 am UTC

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Most of the characters in this book are paired with other character-persons about whom they are most concerned, think...

Robert E. Lee has a complex relationship with his second-in-command, James Longstreet. Longstreet loves Lee as a father, but the two have arguments regarding the strategies of the war. Joshua...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2007 4:31 am UTC

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What cover story did the spy concoct to tell the farmer? This was in the first chapter of June 29, 1863.

The mysterious spy and former actor, Harrison, appears in the first chapter of Michael Shaara's outstanding Civil War novel, The Killer Angels. He, not J. E. B. Stuart, is the first to inform...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 9:06 am UTC

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When Fremantle looks at the position of the Union troops, what is the setting for the battle to come in The Killer...

The British observer Arthur Fremantle awakes early at 3 a.m., "the stars shining brightly," and "the army awakened around him." Fremantle enjoys a leisurely breakfast, knowing that there will be...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

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What is different with the approach and style used by the author in The Killer Angels? Although not all of the facts...

What makes The Killer Angels different from other books--both fiction and non-fiction--about the American Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg is author Michael Shaara's imaginative way of...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 3:16 am UTC

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What role does previous knowledge play in the development of the story?  

I'm not sure if I understand your question, but I believe the previous post (by brettd) gave you some excellent answers. It would certainly be beneficial if the reader had a general historical...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 9:10 am UTC

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Have to take people one at a time...... Definitely one of the most powerful points in the novel follows.... How does...

This is true for all groups of people. I am a white woman who spent a year teaching English in South Korea, and I can't tell you how many times I was victim of spitting or some other assault...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2008 5:16 am 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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What are some key plot developments in The Killer Angels?

Though Michael Shaara's novel is a fictional account of the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, he does manage to combine fact and fabrication beautifully, especially in the real and...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 2:06 pm 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 the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara was John Reynolds from the South?

No, Reynolds was from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ironically, he was born only 50 miles from the location where he would meet his death. He was a major general who died on the first day of the Battle...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009 8:39 am UTC

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Should Lee have been at Gettysburg in The Killer Angels? If so, should he have insisted on fighting at Gettysburg? If...

After the greatest Confederate victory of the war at Chancellorsville in May 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia commander, General Robert E. Lee, decided that the time was right for a second...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012 9:05 am UTC

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Who has not reported to Lee, thus making him "blind" in enemy country?

The cavalry commander that Robert E. Lee is referring to is James Ewell Brown Stuart (Jeb Stuart). The battle that this happened during is the Battle of Gettysburg in the year 1863. Jeb Stuart...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2015 2:28 am UTC

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