“The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara is widely regarded as one of the best fictional recounts of the American Civil War. Although only lasting from July1-3, 1863 there may be no battle more important than the Battle of Gettysburg. With unbelievable vivacity Shaara brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life. Through the eyes and thoughts of both armies leaders readers are presented an effective, nonbiased story of the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaara’s extremely unique writing style was extremely effective in depicting the four day battle. Shaara is particularly effective in illustrating both sides’ different causes and reasons for sacrificing their lives. The Confederate cause as told by a soldier (Jim Kemper, “we are fighting for our freedom, that’s all we want and that’s what this war is about,” while General Longstreet has a different attitude towards the war, a non political stance saying, “They’re never quite the enemy, those boys in blue…But there was a higher duty to Virginia.” The North’s cause was to free slavery and save the union,
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This essay was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course HIST 260 taught by Professor Weinberg during the Spring '07 term at DePauw.