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The Killer Angels and the Battle of Gettysburg

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When an author writes a book he has a message that he is trying to get across to

the reader. This message is called a theme. In The Killer Angels Shaara’s theme

was freedom for the slaves. The Northerners truly believed that the slaves

deserved to be free, and their desire to set slaves free was the cause of the Civil

War. Just before the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Lawrence Chamberlain of the

20th Maine gave a speech to a group of mutineers. He told them that the war in

which they were fighting was unlike any war in history. The war in which they

were fighting was not for money, property or power. It was a war to set other men

free. After the battle began, Sergeant Tom Chamberlain asked a group of

prisoners why they were fighting. They gave no answer, but asked him the same

question. Sergeant Chamberlain answered, “To free the slaves, of course.” The

South, however, was against freeing the slaves. The entire Civil War, whether the

people were for or against the idea, was about freedom.

The Killer Angels was informative, very fascinating and I liked it. I liked

the book because I learned many things from it. I’d never thought much about the

importance of the Battle of Gettysburg until I read The Killer Angels. From this

book I learned many things. I learned that the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning

point of the Civil War. Prior to Gettysburg, the South had won most major battles.

At Gettysburg, however, the North gained it’s...

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that when an author writes a book, he is trying to get across his message.
  • Explains that slaves deserved to be free and their desire to set them free was the cause of the civil war.
  • Narrates how they learned many things from the book, but had never thought much about it.
  • Opines that since the north was industrialized, they had twice as many men as the south.
  • Opines that the confederate army could win this one with a series of charges.
  • Explains that confederate troops would make an uphill attack in an attempt to take a ridge.
  • Opines that his army would cross more than a mile of open field.
  • Explains that they never realized that this was true even in the higher ranks until they read the killer angels.
  • Describes the thoughts and fears of both armies during the civil war.
  • Describes how 20th maine told mutineers that the war they were fighting was unlike any war in history. it was not for money, property or power.
  • Explains that the battle of gettysburg was the turning point of the civil war. the south had won most major battles.
  • Narrates how general hancock was mortally wounded, and in his dying words he asked a messenger to send his apology to general. the civil war tore apart.
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