This paper is a review of Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, which is a historically correct novel that has some fictional dialog. A lot of the dialog is fictional, but it is mostly backed with historically correct information and events going on during the time. This story is about the events and discussion of the strategy to be used by the Confederate and Union forces leading up and during the Battle of Gettysburg. This review will discuss two topics raised by Michael Shaara in the novel; the ongoing conflict between which fighting style and strategies should be used by the Confederate army, and the other is the state of mind of the Confederate and Union
There are many emotional and physical effects of war. The novel, The Slopes of War, by N.A. Perez provides several dramatical scenes referring to the battle of Gettysburg between the Union and Confederacy armies, and one of the Union soldiers sister, Bekah. Perez illustrates social, personal effects, as well as physical and emotional injuries using both imagery and similes.
Where nine roads meet sits Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a small town unheard of to the common man, but not for much longer. The Battle of Gettysburg, which spanned over three days in July of 1863, will change the direction of the Civil War forever. This is the turning point; where power will shift from the Confederacy to the Union. The Union troops have dug into the hills and the Confederacy is coming in on the offensive, riding high on previous wins, but in this battle, the defense reigns victorious. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the war due to massive casualties, geography of the town of Gettysburg, and pivotal shifts in morale.
Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels recounts the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of key leaders from both the north and the south. Shaara provides insight into the thoughts and decisions that were made that would inevitably determine the outcome of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The northern concept of war that they were fighting for the sake of freedom and to restore the union by taking in prisoners and preserving he high grounds at Gettysburg helped them force the Confederates to retreat.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the entire Civil War. The Confederate force lost 25,000 soldiers while the Union side lost only 23,000, whether it be killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Civil War officially ended with the surrender of General Lee on July 4, 1863. However, how did the battle start? How did it end? What was the fatality of each side? What was the battle like?
Six authors. Six points of view. In David Henry Donald’s book Why the North Won the Civil War, Donald uses the views of five authors and himself on the tactics of the North compared to the South. In my opinion, this book should really be called “Why the South Lost the Civil War” because most (not all) of the people who contributed to the book write about the faults of the South. Even though this book was written in 1960, its topics are still heavily debated by today’s historians-- and even people who are merely curious about the causes and effects of the Civil War. The main idea of this book is how different people view the topic on the Confederacy’s defeat: why, how, and what happened? Most of the authors whose work contributed to this book
Political, economic, and social factors all fueled the start of the Civil War, and these causes continued to divide the nation throughout the war. These elements of influence overpowered the ability to come to an agreement through debate over the differing opinions; therefore, the Civil War started due to war necessity since fighting could end the disagreements. The North and South failed to come to a compromise, so they both fought a war in a deadly fashion. The Civil War resulted in more American casualties than any other previous war. After each military campaign, Shelby Foote calculates the number of deaths of the North and South and totals them. Shelby Foote focuses on the actual battles
The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara, is a story of one of the worst battles, in the worst war that America has ever been apart of—the Civil War. This book is a work of fiction because Shaara tried to recreate personal narratives of different historical figures, and attempt to give a moment-by-moment historical account of the various people and events that took place in the war that goes way beyond what historians know from different records and documents from this time period. Although this book is fiction it has similar traits of a non-fiction novel in that it wishes to give a non-biased perspective on the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaara had the benefit of gathering a lot of information as he could from historical diaries and memoirs, but then
The Killer Angels a book written by Michael Shaara, published in the 1970’s. The book gives readers a surprising view of the Civil War. After visiting Gettysburg, the author knew that he wanted to write about America’s past. Instead of creating fictional characters Shaara writes about men that played significant role in the American Civil War. People such as Robert E. Lee and Joshua L. Chamberlain were some of the characters the author chose to include in order to add a more interesting historical twist.
After fighting rigorously for days, and losing, the valiant soldiers began to lose hope. That battle was a crucial turning point in the war, and when it was lost hope began to fade. Hope was not the only thing lost. Additionally, when the Battle of Gettysburg was a failure for the Confederates, the men began to lose bravery. Even during the battle men began to be afraid. Worst of all, men were lost. If they had been fighting defensively, then more men may have survived to go home to their loved
In chapter one of What They Fought For, I learned about the letters and diaries of the Confederate soldiers. The themes of the letters were home-sickness, lack of peace, and the defense of home against their invading enemy. The thought of soldiers fighting for their homes and being threatened by invaders, made them stronger when facing adversity. Many men expressed that they would rather die fighting for a cause, than dying without trying and this commitment showed patriotism. Throughout the letters, soldiers claimed their reason for fighting, was for the principles of Constitutional liberty and self-government. There was a comparison between the Civil War and Revolutionary war that the Confederate Armies discussed in their diaries. The Confederate
Brutality and images of war are abundant in this book, giving the story a feeling of reality. From the first few pages, it reveals that Second Company has made it out of a battle, losing close to half their men. Soon after, we see a detailed description of Kemmerich’s death, a fellow soldier injured and amputated before the beginning of the story. The way his fellow soldiers reacted, not with apathy yet not with unbridled misery, immediately sets the tone for the book. Other scenes throughout the
“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, “All Quiet on the Western Front” produced by Carl Laemmle, and Storm of Steel by Ernest Junger all describe the gruesome setting and effects that were a reality for soldiers fighting in World War I. Each piece presents this information through different medias: “In Flander’s Fields” through poetry, “All Quiet on the Western Front” through film, and Storm of Steel through prose. Although they are all of different medias, they evoke a similar sense of pathos in the audience through their use of similar rhetorical strategies. Each work compels the reader to realize how fragile life really is through its employment of diction and imagery.
The novel offers masterful descriptions of the conflict’s senseless brutality and violent chaos: the scene of the Italian army’s retreat remains one of the most profound evocations of war in American literature. As the neat columns of men begin to crumble, so too do the soldiers’ nerves, minds, and capacity for rational thought and moral judgment. Like in this example