The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2) The Killer Angels question


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Gettysburg battle JULY 1,2 and 3 1863
Stephen Brody Stephen Jul 24, 2014 08:40AM
Killer Angels awesome book, like to dicuss Pickets charge and did Lee truly believe it would work. Was it the beginning of the end (expedited)



I think Lee was fatalistic about Pickett's Charge. He never wanted to engage at Gettysburg, but once confronted by the Union Army he felt he had to attack. He was not well during the battle. He had been injured in a fall from his horse. Plus his cavalry was missing, so he was fighting blind. I think Lee fell back on his usual aggressive tactics because he felt he had no other choice.


I think Lee tended to believe that his army could and would do anything for him. He might not have wanted the battle as it was, but he did not have the strength to ride away when battle was enjoined that first day. The temptation to stay and fight was too strong. The desire to win is a terrible master, especially if you believe that God is on your side.


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