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

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Whereas many Confederate leaders and politicians believed that the Confederate cause was "A Holy War"--a just revolution to rid themselves of the aggression of the Northern states--General James Longstreet saw things much more simply. To Longstreet, Lee's "war horse" and an innovator in defensive tactics,

"... the Cause was Victory."

However battlefield success could be won was Longstreet's goal, and he "did not think much of the Cause." To Longstreet, the war had become a "nightmare," where he found himself fighting against men he had known and had grown up with. Additionally, three of his own children had died of the fever within a week back in Richmond, and Longstreet had become withdrawn. But he had made his decision to fight with the Confederacy, and

Once chosen, you put your head down and went on to win.

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