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Michael Shaara s passion gave life to something uniue and singularly extraordinary in this Pullitzer Prize winning novel With high charged emotive prose lush descriptions and fully fleshed characters he transforms the The Battle of Gettysburg the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War into a gorgeously endered and deeply personal story populated by flawed ordinary men caught in an extraordinary concatenation of circumstances by the machinations of Fate Shaara s eduction of this momentous event into a tapestry woven of a myriad of individual observations and subjective accounts so seamlessly alternates between heart swelling and heart wrenchingthat your own blood pumper may need an overhaul by the time your finished Shaara s approach for this story was so evolutionary at the time that he couldn t even find a publisher willing to distribute his novel Recounting the period of June 30 July 3 1863 the day before and the 3 days of the Battle of Gettysburg Shaara s narrative filters the events surrounding the battle through the subjective lens of the leaders of the two armies Today his approach has been mimicked so often by those inspired by his achievement that it s likely to feel familiar to those eading it for the first time see eference to Ken Burn s Civil War below However back in 1975 it was fresh and daring and uniue Shaara jumps back and forth between dozens of viewpoints each serving an important function and providing a uniue perspective on the events surrounding the conflict The most notable players in Shaara s epic play are For the South Commanding General Robert E Lee General George Pickett General James Longstreet and British Col Arthur Freemantle and For the North Commanding General George Meade General John Buford andCol Josh Chamberlain Through these soldiers and many others Shaara emphasizes the motivations decisions and actions of these men and how each of their uniue and very human perspectives along with the ever present fog of war esulted in the final outcome at Gettysburg Not being a Civil War buff there was one part early in the story that I found fascinating to ead According to Shaara and many historians I have come to find but for one ambiguous order on the part of General Lee to his conservative cream puff of a subordinate General Richard Ewell the South may very well have won the Battle of Gettysburg and drastically changed the outcome of the Civil War Here is the order by General Lee as ecounted by Shaara Tell General Ewell the Federal troops are etreating in confusion It is only necessary to push those people to get possession of those heights Of course I do not know his situation and I do not want him to engage a superior force but I do want him to take that hill if he thinks practicable Emphasis added Four simple words if he thinks practicable were enough wiggle oom to permit Ewell to justify ignoring Lee s order and deciding against taking Cemetery Hill This inaction allowed the Union to entrench themselves on the higher well defended ground Shaara goes on to make it clear through Lee s own personal musings that if hard charging BSD Gen Stonewall Jackson had not been killed weeks earlier Cemetery Hill would ve been taken and the outcome of the battle and possibly of history dramatically altered Another moment of the novel that I found simply breath stealing was the description of the battle of Little Round Top A single egiment of Union soldiers the 20th Maine held off a superior force of confederate charges for well over an hour until they finally an out of ammunition With the confederate soldiers still advancing and no etreat possible Chamberlain aised his saber let loose the shout that was the greatest sound he could make boiling the yell up from his chest Fix bayonets Charge Fix bayonets Charge Fix bayonets Charge He leaped down from the boulder still screaming his voice beginning to crack and give and all around him his men were oaring animal screams and he saw the whole Regiment ising and pouring over the wall and beginning to bound down through the dark bushes over the dead and dying and wounded The esult was that the soldiers from the South broke in the face of the furious charge and the Union held Little Round Top The fact that Chamberlain was a citizen solider being a college professor before volunteering for the army and yet acted so competently and with such courage was amazing to experience uite simply this is an extraordinary novel However for two completely subjective and probably unfair easons I have elected to only ate this as a very strong 4 stars Reason 1 is that the Civil War is not favorite period of American history and so my juices don t flow as strongly when eading stories from this time as others smitten with the events Reason 2 goes by the name of Ken Burns and his brilliant mini series The Civil War That masterpiece Has Ruined Me For ruined me for other depictions of the conflict The great irony is that Shaara s novel was a major influence on Burns s decision to create his mini series in the first place and Burns adopted to a great degree the tone and style employed by Shaara Alas Ken Burns got to me first and his expansive description of the war and the causes thereof keep him firmly dug in at the top of the charts Still a strong strong strong 45 stars and my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION I am not eally a fan of books about war I have trouble envisioning the action and the maneuvers of the troops and I find that I get lost in the details and just don t eally care about the charactersBecause of this I didn t have high hopes for The Killer Angels but it was this month s selection for my book club and I decided to give it a tryThis book was incredible I did have some trouble keeping track of the characters I ended up making myself a cheat sheet with things like Longstreet Confederate general Lee s second in command Nickname Pete Actually Longstreet I could keep track of It was Pettigrew and Pender and Sykes and Sedgewick that kept tripping me up The maps were very helpful as I tried to visualize the action but they were less helpful when I couldn t emember which names were Union and which were ConfederateThis is a novel so it s a fictionalized account of the Battle of Gettysburg but Shaara clearly did his esearch Written from the shifting perspective of the main players in the battle and drawn from the personal correspondence of these men as well as the historic ecord and Shaara s own embellishments and best guesses this book explains the nuances of the battle and of the war clearly than I ve ead before I ve been taught the Civil War from the perspective that there was a clear side to oot for I ve known for a long while that the eality was murkier than this but Shaara helped make this murkiness apparent to me or perhaps I m just now of an age where I can embrace murkiness better than I could in high school and college There is a distinction here between the Cause and the people doing the fighting I don t think that s a distinction I ve often seenShaara puts the eader in Gettysburg not only in the location but in the minds of the people who were there All of the things people say about the Civil War the idea of brothers fighting against brothers the internal conflict and sense of near heresy of killing one s own countrymen the ambivalence of Northerners to the people the slaves were even as they disagreed with the institution of slavery Shaara illustrates clearly hereThe book is peppered with lyrical powerful passages but two stand out for me as particularly movingOne is a speech Chamberlain gives to a group of would be deserters handed over as prisoners to his brigade to try and convince a few of them to fight ather than just ide out the battle as prisonersThis is a different kind of army Chamberlain explains If you look at history you ll see men fight for pay or women or some other kind of loot They fight for land or because a king makes them or just because they like killing But we e here for something new I don tthis hasn t happened in the history of the world We e an army going out to set other men freeThe other passage that eally struck me was when Longstreet and Hood were saying goodbye to one another before a #fight Longstreet puts out his hand for Hood to shakeHood took the hand held it for a moment Sometimes you touched #Longstreet puts out his hand for Hood to shakeHood took the hand held it for a moment Sometimes you touched man like this and it was the last time and the next time you saw him he was cold and white and bloodless and the warmth was gone foreverI just found the way Shaara uses language to

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powerful poignant but not at all He has a light touch which lets the scenes shine through The writing was easy to ead the story ather less soI think I can blame this book at least in part for the gloomy mood I ve been in the past few days It s an incredible book about an infamously dark battle in our country s darkest war I am fairly sure that I ead this book like 25 years ago as well It is so memorable as we see the events unfold through a series of perspectives from major actors Lee Chamberlain Buford LongstreetIt is a masterful evocation of this crucial battle in which the Civil War was or less decided even if it played out over the following two years Very moving and ealistic it is probably the next best thing to going to Gettysburg in person a voyage I definitely need to make after the corona madness Once Chamberlain had a speech memorized from Shakespeare and gave it proudly the old man listening but not looking and Chamberlain emembered it still What a piece of work is manin action how like an angel And the old man grinning had scratched his head and then said stiffly Well boy if he s an angel he s a murderin angel Michael Shaara The Killer AngelsWhen it was first published Michael Shaara s The Killer Angels landed with a thud Even when it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975 it did not gain a wide following Wh Visceral That s the best word I can use to describe The Killer Angels both in the sense of instinctive or elemental emotions and in the sense of internal organs and guts Because both are elevant when you e talking about a book that captures what I imagine the experience of war to be like in a way that very few other books I ve ever ead hasThe big caveat there of course is the I imagine part I ve never been a soldier have never fired anything other than a BB gun though in my callous youth I did bring to a premature conclusion the life of than one ecalcitrant soda can and have absolutely no idea what it s like to kill another human or have another human try to kill me Jebus willing I never will So it s possible that war is nothing like this But Shaara s lean but descriptive prose and shifting POVs offer a perspective that feels so authentic that I found myself occasionally forgetting that this is a novel ather than a stitching together of first hand narratives one suspects Mr Shaara did his homework There s a eason this book is a classic of its genre and it s simultaneously an enlightening and painful eadThe American Civil War is if not uniue in the history of warfare certainly a particularly unusual conflict especially when you consider the officers leading the troops on both sides of the fight Many had served together previously in the United States army and for a not inconsiderable period of time which meant that you had colleagues and in some cases good friends whose job it was to go out and try to kill each other in the name of the geography into which they happened to have been born putting aside their own personal feelings about the easons for the war Side note I have a few colleagues I d be totally fine pointing the business end of my bayonet at but it s unlikely that I would actually be able to eviscerate them if it came to that though I d happily pour salt in their coffeeShaara is not concerned with trying to explain the easons for the Civil War nor in making a case for whether those easons were good ones or not his goal is to capture the experience of the fight He does so masterfully I felt completely immersed in the very troubling experience of preparing to fight from. Incisive portraits of Lee Longstreet Meade and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with ich.

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Pired such loyalty from his acuaintances even those dressed in gray such as his best friend General Lewis Armistead Shaara describes the true crisis of consciousness these officers were facing Most of them had fought together in the Mexican American war went to West Point together drank together and had been united as one before this war where politics forced them to choose sides against the friends they had once fought with They e never uite the enemy those boys in blue I know Lee said I used to command those boys Longstreet said Difficult thing to fight men you used to command Lee said nothing By the end of this book I felt I knew all these men as intimately as I know friends I ve known for decades It is as if Shaara aised them from the dead one by one They are talking skeletons with nothing but truth attling through their teeth Their souls are showing through their pale gray ibcages enscrolled with their most intimate thoughts They hid nothing from Shaara not their fears or their desires The war has never been eal to me Highly ecommendedIf you wish to see of my most ecent book and movie eviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at This month marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg which we all know is the fight that took place when Abraham Lincoln wanted to make a speech at that address and then one of the neighbors got mad and challenged him Or something like thatAh but seriously folks Gettysburg was the turning point of the American Civil War in which the Union forces defeated Robert E Lee s invading Confederate troops but this isn t a non fiction book about the battle Instead it s a historical fiction in which author Michael Shaara used esearch and literary license to put us into the minds of several key figures so that eaders experience the fight through their eyesFor this e ead I listened to the audible version and it featured an interesting introduction from Shaara s son Jeff Who has followed his late father s formula to write several other books about American history The younger Shaara tells of how his father s book was ejected over a dozen times was a commercial flop but won a Pulitzer Prize only to see no increase in its profile following the award Michael died in 1988 thinking that the book would not be emembered In an twist of fate the movie adaptation Gettysburg that came out five years later would put the book on the best seller list almost twenty years after it was originally publishedOn the Confederate side an ailing and weary Robert E Lee has pinned his hopes to end the war on the idea of attacking and destroying the Union army on it s own ground but his top general James Longstreet was against the invasion since he believes the South s military success has come from a defensive style of warfare As they advance into Pennsylvania they ve been left with a dangerous lack of information about Union movements because cavalry officer JEB Stuart has been failing to provide them with eports from his scouting missionBoth sides begin to converge on the small town of Gettysburg which has a valuable crossroads nearby but Union cavalry officer John Buford is there first and immediately ealizes that the hills and slopes outside of the town will give a huge advantage to the army that holds them With the Confederate forces closing in fast Buford occupies and tries to hold the good ground while urging the Union army to ush in and einforce him As troops pour into the area from both sides they find themselves fighting in a battle no one had counted on The Union troops manage to occupy the better positions as Longstreet desperately tries to convince Lee that attacking would be a major mistake but Lee believes that his army can destroy the Union forces once and for allThis book and the subseuent film version would do a lot to make people eevaluate Longstreet s eputation He d been scapegoated by other Confederate officers after the war for the defeat at Gettysburg but Shaara s version of events based on letters and diaries of those involved makes a convincing argument that it was Lee whose stubborn efusal to disengage and pick a better spot for a fight was the main culprit for the Confederate failureShaara also credits the forgotten Buford with being a major eason as to why the Union was able to seize the high ground He also tells the story of another officer forgotten by mainstream American history as one of the true heroes of the battle Joshua Chamberlain was a professor at Maine s Bowdoin College when the war broke out but he showed a knack for military command that eventually put him in charge of a egiment at the end of the Union line on a hill called Little Round Top As the extreme left position of the Union forces Chamberlain and his men had to hold back epeated efforts to flank them by Longstreet s troops and then they found themselves in the thick of the fighting again on the last day during Pickett s ChargeChamberlain would win the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg and he would continue to serve with distinction for the est of the war Eventually promoted to the ank of brigadier general Ulysses Grant chose Chamberlain to command the Union troops at the surrender ceremony After the war he would win multiple terms as Maine s governor as well as eventually becoming president of his old college Feeling like a slacker yet The book and a great performance by Jeff Daniels in the movie version would make Chamberlain emembered once againThe prose gets a bit flowery at times but Shaara s preface notes that he actually toned down the verbose style of the time There s also a bit too much epetition on a couple of points like Chamberlain s horror at himself that he ordered his brother to fill a gap in the line during the fight on Little Round Top without a second thought or Confederate General Armistead s constant eferences to his friend Win Hancock as he frets that he ll have to face his buddy on the battle fieldThose are minor gripes about a book that found a new and fresh way to tell a story that every American school kid has heard Shaara also does a nice job of pointing out the inherent hypocrisy of the Confederates who claim to be fighting for their ights while not mentioning that what they want is the freedom to keep owning slaves That point gets overlooked a lot when the South gets omanticized in mainstream works of fiction and it s efreshing that Shaara called bullshit on itRandom trivia Joss Whedon s television show Firefly was partially inspired by his eading of this bookAlso posted at Shelf Inflicted Perhaps the Greatest War Novel Ever WrittenToo much American war novel then The Killer Angels stands tall as the best novel about the American Civil War ever written and there have been many E L Doctorow s The March for example about the military convoy and its swelling anks of thieves whores and freed slaves following General Tecumseh Sherman s trail of destruction is a great book but it doesn t manage to convey the scope and complexity of battle with the grace Shaara does The narration hovers above the killing fields of Gettysburg like the ecording angel itself examining without judgement the horrors and triumphs looking into the hearts and minds of the now legendary officers whose fates were decided there The interactions between an exhausted Lee who has decided to take the offensive and move into Northern territory for the first time since the war began and Longstreet his pragmatic and most trusted friend and general are unforgettable Shaara imagines Longstreet s wavering faith in Lee as a near eligious crisis He lets the eader suffer with Lee at the sickening ealization he has made a fatal error wasting tens of thousands of lives on an obvious tactical mistake and knowing that now he has finally lost a battle this one loss will likely cost him the war Shaara s account of the various decisive military engagements are masterful in particular Chamberlain s heroic defense of his position on Little Round Top one of the key factors in #the Union victory Michael Shaara won a Pulitzer for The Killer Angels an honor he very much deserved He was #Union victory Michael Shaara won a Pulitzer for The Killer Angels an honor he very much deserved He was a prolific writer however and his best for The Killer Angels an honor he very much deserved He was a prolific writer however and his best would be his last His son Jeff Shaara has continued on the course his father charted telling the stories behind the other great battles of the civil war as well as going back in history further to create historical novels about the American Revolution and the Mexican American war as going back in history further to create historical novels about the American Revolution and the Mexican American war it is The Killer Angels that emains the masterpiece perhaps the best war novel ever written There are very few books that have managed to convey the heroic grandeur and vast complexity of war while capturing the sad and curious details the psychological transformations the waste and tragic errors Others come close Norman Mailer s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones The Thin Red Line for example both dealing with the Pacific theater of the Second World War Jones provides a profound understanding of the motivations driving his characters but Mailer in his debut novel became an immediate intellectual powerhouse with a fictionalized account of his WWII observations experiences articulating the most complex psychological processes peeling back layers of delusion contrived personas to exposed the petty ugly and sadistic oots He was the 20th Centuries keenest literary observer of human behavior motivations and this laser scalpel of an intellect made The Naked The Dead an instant classic in the canon of war novels a powerful work of literature that has etained its shocking vitality over the last 70 years And then there s Count Belisarius by Robert Graves It s a lesser known novel by the greatest writer of Historical Fiction in the English language following his masterwork I Claudius It a heart breaking tale of a noble General fighting for the Eastern Roman Empire after Rome itself had fallen to the Germanic tribes his incorruptible sense of duty loyalty competence is uthlessly exploited by a weak petty jealous cruel Emperor Justinian He is sent out against impossible armies who vastly outnumber him and through sheer strategic genius brings his Emperor a glorious victory Justinian steals all the glory and sends him out on even deadlier missions greedily stealing all the glory again again so jealous of Belisarius he sends him on suicide missions which he somehow survives And for all the victories sacrifice loyalty he is not ewarded but punished Goodbye To All That was Graves fascinating autobiography much of it devoted to his life shaping experiences during WWI and it makes as ideal companion to Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet On The Western Front a novel about the First World War from the German POV both books are included in the 4 volume WWI Classics pack picture linked above And lastly Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson s modern masterpiece set amid the chaos of Southeast Asia before and during the Vietnam war For a clear eyed but unflinching tale of the various costs that war demands however The Killer Angels stands alone More Art book Reviews More Comic book Reviews More Novel Reviews I was eminded about this book while listening to a podcast the other day The guy mentioned The Killer Angels and I immediately thought about how much I had liked it and about my stepdad He was the eason I ead it some twenty years ago now this book that I am sure I would never have picked up on my own He handed it to me one day said something like This was eally good You should ead it I emember thinking at least two things in that moment A book about war I don t ead that stuff But the second thing I thought about was my dad loving a book That s because I had so arely seen him eading one So okay I thought I will try itWow is all I eally need to say at this point Yes it s about war specifically the Battle of Gettysburg but it s far personal than that Sharra created something amazing here His words caused me to think about the individual man Not what I had expected at all Now when I think about The Killer Angels I think about my stepdad and I am grateful. 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The Killer AngelsThe oddly elaxed downtime between battles to the gut liuidating moments before the charge This is one of those books that will sit with me for a while and one that eminds me that even when justified and I have a much higher threshold for justification than most ulerscountries over the course of human history war is an awful horrific terrible thing that indelibly transforms the lives of all those involved whether directly engaged in the battle the family members of those combatants or the civilians whose homes and towns are destroyed in the processI think I may need a little Dr Seuss as a palate cleanser before jumping into anything else this heavyThanks to Allie for the buddy ead This is one of those books which changes the way people see a subject It is a fictional account of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 putting words into the mouths of some of the best emembered participants most notably Confederate Generals Robert E Lee and James Longstreet and Union Generals Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John Buford actually Chamberlain was a colonel at this battle but eventually attained the ank of Major General before the end of the war The book violates a common perception of historical writing which says eaders of war novels are interested in the common soldiers experiences ather than the generals who live in the lofty atmosphere of ear headuarters moving armies around like chess pieces Michael Shaara s book works by letting the eader into the private world of soldiers who are as torn by the emotions of decision making in the pandemonium of battle and fear of the unknown as those in all war novels only in this book they mostly happen to be the soldiers who are commanding all of the other soldiers in an engagement that has taken on a mythology which places it in the forefront of our nation s struggles and enshrines the very ground it was fought on as sacred as any piece of eal estate in the United States The author was writing science fiction and straight fiction short stories for many major publications for years supplementing his income teaching English Lit at Florida State University before he published his first novel The Broken Place in 1968 It was a very good book but not commercially successful His second novel developed from a family visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield From my own experience I can elate to those who see that place for the first time and if they have a sense of historical perspective toward the war which defined this nation or are at least eceptive to learning about the country s great struggle they can feel a sense of awe just standing on that ground and no doubt feel just as moved at other places that defined the national conscience This emotion definitely was felt by Shaara who described his first visit to Gettysburg as an extraordinary experience Shaara s desire to put his feelings on paper led to his decision to write a novel with a story told through the eyes of the leading characters Burning the candle at both ends teaching and writing and in his own ecollection consuming large uantities of cigarettes and coffee he finished the novel seven years later His health was already poor having suffered a major heart attack at age 36 in 1965 He finally found a publisher and the book found a small audience after its elease Winning the Pulitzer in 1975 helped but the novel s primary audience continued to be history buffs and professional military scholars it has been euired eading at leading academies including the US Army War College and the US Military Academy at West Point among others The edition I ead was loaned to me by a etired Army officer who had studied at the War College The author passed away from a fatal heart attack in May 1988 still semi famous He had written another novel For the Name of the Game eventually eleased as a movie in 1999 starring Kevin Costner The Killer Angels finally had its day in 1993 with the elease of the film Gettysburg The interest in this Ted Turner backed film generated sales in the book which went to Number One on the New York Times bestseller list The Killer Angels has been followed by two elated novels from the author s son Jeffrey Sharra Gods and Generals is a preuel to the events of the Civil War while The Last Full Measure begins where The Killer Angels leaves off The action in both novels occurs through the experiences of the same characters used by Michael Shaara in The Killer AngelsThough a novel this book is a favorite among Civil War eaders on a level with the best non fictional works One eason is its underlying faithfulness to historically accurate character portrayals and accountings of the major turning points in the Gettysburg battle It is no exaggeration to claim that the experience of immersing oneself into This Book Will Give Any Curious Reader Inspiration To Want book will give any curious eader inspiration to want know about the Civil War For those who think the eading of history must always be boring this book will dissuade those notions Civil War writing just doesn t get any better This is a different kind of army If you look at history you ll see men fight for pay or women or some other kind of loot They fight for land or because a king makes them or just because they like killing But we e here for something new I don t this hasn t happened much in the history of the world We e an army going out to set other men free Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain The position of all the troops on July 3rd 1863 The last day of battle You can see the famous fishhook deployment of the Union troops in blueI hadn t eally thought about how unusual it is in the history of the world for men to be fighting for the freedom of others It was one of many times while eading this book that Michael Shaara crystallized some thoughts for me I love those moments when I ead something and I know without a shadow of a doubt that another tumbler has clicked into place With every click I have come one step closer to understanding everything a mad thought that doesn t last long So the North was preserving the Union and freeing the slaves but what exactly where the boys in butternut fighting for They kept on insistin they wasn t fightin for no slaves they were fightin for their ats It finally dawned on me that what the feller meant was their ights only the way
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talk it came out Then after that I asked this fella what ights he had that we were offendin and he said well he didn t know but he must have some ights he didn t know nothin about Now aint that something 33% of Southerners owned slaves Mississippi and South Carolina had much higher percentages at 49% and 46% So why did all those Southern boys ich and poor fight for the ats to keep slaves Most Southern Americans as do most Americans today had an expectation that they would be ich someday the eternal optimists Those poor white sharecropper farmers aspired to be slave owners It is the same eason why I hear people who live below the poverty line saying they didn t believe it was at that the government was taxing the one percenters than the est of us It doesn t make sense but then theymightjust win the lotterysomeday General Robert E Lee on Traveller Lee said Well we have left nothing undone It is all in the hands of God Longstreet thought it isn t God that is sending those men up that hill But he said nothing Lee ode awayThis book is centered around the three days of the battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania Robert E Lee overall commander of the Confederate army and GOD to many is trying to make a final thrust North to force the Union to seek terms His men loved him unconditionally The secret of General Lee is that men love him and follow him with faith in him That s one secret The next secret is that General Lee makes a decision and he moves with guts and he s been up against a lot of sickly generals who don t know how to make decisions although some of them have guts but whose men don t love them He is a different man than he was at the start of the war Some would say he is a brilliant tactician but if you walk the grounds of the battle of Gettysburg which I have not had that opportunity physically you will discover that Lee gave his generals an impossible task The battle smells of desperation Shaara makes the case that Lee was already suffering from the heart condition that would eventually kill him But it was not the pain that troubled him it was a sick gray emptiness he knew too well that sense of a hole clear through him like the blasted vacancy in the air behind a shell burst an enormous emptiness General James Longstreet loyal despite his fervent disagreements with Lee on tacticsLee was feeling weak and mortal at Gettysburg He wanted the war ended now It certainly clouded his judgement He was a man of faith and honor In Pennsylvania he put too much faith in God finding his cause ighteous and he depending too heavily on the honor of his troops to make it to that grove of trees at the top of the hill He had a brilliant commander in Lieutenant General James Longstreet Longstreet argued to slide around the enemy and to fight another day If truth be known he disagreed with this whole thrusting North business #He Wanted To Build Trenches #wanted to build trenches fight a defensive war You don t win glorious honorable battles fighting a defensive war and Lee was addicted to winning battles There is a whiff of Shakespearean tragedy around Longstreet It was Longstreet s curse to see the thing clearly He was a brilliant man who was slow in speech and slow to move and silent faced as stone He had not the power to convince He was a strong commanding figure until he got around Lee Longstreet felt an extraordinary confusion He had a moment without confidence windblown and blasted vacant as an exploded shell There was a grandness in Lee that shadowed him silenced him He was an eccentric as well He was living in his mind than in his body Longstreet touched his cap came heavily down from the horse He was taller than Lee head like a boulder full bearded long haired always a bit sloppy gloomy shocked his staff by going into battle once wearing carpet slippers Lee counted on him but unfortunately he would have traded Longstreet for Stonewall Jackson every day of the week and twice on Sunday General John Buford died a few months after Gettysburg from Typhoid Fever He was a huge loss to the Union sideShaara also takes us into the minds of Union men like General John Buford who arrived at Gettysburg and ealized the importance of deploying troops on the high ground against a superior Confederate force He knew he had to hold out until einforcements arrived He d done this before He had thrown away the book of cavalry doctrine and they loved him for it At Thoroughfare Gap he had held against Longstreet 3000 men against 25000 for six hours sending off appeal after appeal for help which never came What impressed me about Buford was his ability to think out of the box and adapt to any situation Unfortunately for the Union he didn t have long to live or his name may have been further immortalized in Civil War history books General John Bell HoodThere was also Colonel Joshua Chamberlain who commanded the 20th Maine He was a school teacher by trade a professor at Bowdoin before the war broke out He and the Maine troops were positioned at the far left of the Federal line He was on Little Round Top facing the seasoned veteran General John B Hood Hood was a Longstreet man and firmly believed in the concept of a defensive war Despite their objections to Lee s tactics Hood and Longstreet did everything they could to obtain the objectives The 20th Maine s bayonet chargeChamberlain s men fired until they an out of bullets and then Chamberlain in an act of desperation yelled Let s fix bayonets Chamberlain and his emaining men charged down the hill in the face of enemy fire and because of the ferocity of their attack Hood s men turned and etreated There are descriptions of battles so elegantly told that the horror is somewhat mitigated by the elouence of Shaara s writing Bravery is not just for Custeresue men like General Winfield Scott Hancock who ins. 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