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LaFantasie I. Why was the Battle of Gettysburg the turning point of Oate’s life, so that afterward he was never the same? A. Oates considered Gettysburg a turning point in his life primarily for three reasons: 1) the battle itself became the turning point of the Civil War; 2) he and his men in the 15th Alabama were unable to take Little Round Top, which contributed to Lee's defeat at Gettysburg; and 3) he lost his younger brother there. II. How does his postwar career help readers understand how ex-Confederates sought to reassemble their society and reconstruct their lives?
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Unformatted text preview: A. After the war, Oates was successful in rebuilidng his life, but his memories of the war, particularly of all that had happened at Gettysburg, plagued him until the day he died. Oates was unlike some other former Confederates: he resisted reconciliation, while publicly using the rhetoric of reunion, and he continued to insist that secession was constitutional. He did admit, however, that slavery was better off dead. For him, and for many Southerners, the Civil War simply would not end, even long after Appomattox and the fighting had ended....
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