Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Note on The Killer Angels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Explores the Battle at Gettysburg through the eyes of significant figures on both sides. Longstreet is featured as the man who, understanding the principles of modern warfare, might have saved the day for the South, had he been able to convince Lee to follow his ideas. Chamberlain is the focus of the Northern point of view and his bayonet charge at Little Round Top. Emphasizes the respect professional soldiers on each side had for each other.

The book illustrates how fiction may well give a more impressive if not more accurate picture of historical events.

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