The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Read: September 24 - October 5
Format: Audio 12 CDs equivalent 577 pages
Source: Public library
Subject: Civil War, Gettysburg
Category: Civil War and its Leaders
Challenges: 101020, 75 Book, SYLL, TIOLI,
"They all died, and they accomplished nothing."
The words keep reverberating in my mind.
This book is a fictitious though historically accurate account of the Battle of Gettysburg from the viewpoint of several of the highest ranking officers from both the Union and Confederate Armies.
The reader sees the indecision and heartbreak related to the commands of Robert E Lee and General Longstreet for the Confederates and Col. Chamberlain for the Union. We are also gifted with the stunning facts that if a few changes had been made, the outcome could have been quite different. Robert E. Lee is frequently touted as a superb tactician but here we are exposed to a failure on his part to listen to his second in command with.
But after all is said and done, "They all died, and they accomplished nothing."