Book Basics

Title:

The Killer Angels

Author:

Michael Shaara

Published:

1974

Genres:

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Novel, War Novel

Synopsis

The Killer Angels is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. A film adaptation of the novel, titled Gettysburg, was released in 1993.

Characters

Buster Kilrain, Brig. Gen. John Buford, Joshua Chamberlain, Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, General James L. Kemper, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, Thomas Chamberlain, A. P. Hill, Maj. Gen. George Pickett, Ellis Spear, Winfield Scott Hancock, Gen. Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood, Lewis Addison Armistead, J.E.B. Stuart, Richard S. Ewell, Richard B. Garnett, Walter H. Taylor, Henry Thomas Harrison, Arthur Fremantle, George Meade, John Fulton Reynolds, Henry Heth, Jubal Anderson Early, Moxley Sorrel, William Gamble

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