The Killer Angels
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
The Killer Angels
Michael Shaara
This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, however, is Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, whose 20th Maine regiment of volunteers held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle. This unit's bravery at Little Round Top helped turned the tide of the war against the rebels. There are also plenty of maps, which convey a complete sense of what happened July 1-3, 1863. Reading about the past is rarely so much fun as on these pages.

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  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book is a superb recount of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The book focus’s on different commanders and other people who were there and tells of their bravery and the decisions that they made.  It flows like any other book with a climax all the other necessary parts of a story, but it is more intense with the knowledge that it was not created by someone’s imagination, it really did happen.  

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