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The Civil War, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
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Progress: 380/976 pages

Fabulous Historical Fiction

The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara

I first read this book 15+ years ago after my first visit to Gettysburg.  For those who haven't heard of it, it is the story of that day told primarily through the eyes of General James Longstreet, CSA and Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, USA.  It puts in a human side to the know details of the battles, adds conversations and thoughts to the characters so is considered historical fiction.  It really focuses on three things from the battle: Buford's stand with the Cavalry on Day 1, Little Round Top on Day 2, and Pickett's Charge on Day 3.

My re-read was on the tail of having watched the movie "Gettysburg" which is based on this book.  And, a fairly close rendering.  It is a wonderful book.  I can't say enough good things about it.  It should be one of those books that is required high school reading.  While laying things out, it probes a few of the deeper questions of the war, shows the weakness of the Federals, and the bravery of all the soldiers.  Can anyone today say they could stand in the face of such challenges and meet them head on?

Recommend for:  I think everyone should read this book, but especially lovers of U.S. history and a must read for studies on the Civil War.