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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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Mar 09, 2011

it was amazing

The Pulitzer Prize Winning classic about the Battle of Gettysburg. I wrote the staff walk for Gettysburg for the JFK Special Warfare Center & School and this book was a great resource to get the feel for the commanders on each side.
I highly recommend it.
What most people don't know though, is at the same time as Gettysburg, the battle that actually was the death knell for the Confederacy was ending-- the Siege of Vicksburg. When it fell on the 4th of July, the end was inevitable. I'm focusing my Duty, Honor, Series books on the western campaigns, where Grant rose to prominence.
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Dave Jones Absolutely concur. This is a great novel. I reread it every couple of years. The author's description of the bayonet charge by the 20th Maine is so visceral, I really felt like I was running the hill at the same time. I've also read all the books that Shaara's son has written. They are fine reads but this one is something special. I am part of a book club that is mostly older women and while they don't normally read military fiction, they were able to appreciate this book.

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