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MonkeyNotes-The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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God

"Lee...prayed once quickly, then was able to relax." (p.97)

"General Early has arrived, begs to report that he is attacking to the North of General Rodes."

Lee stopped, looked north. It was working almost like a plan. It was possible to see Intention in it... Lee’s instinct sensed opportunity. Let us go in together, as God has decreed a fight here. (p.104)

Lee is implying that the hand of God seems to be present on the battlefield, in his favor.

"The Union Eleventh Corps was running. More cheers. Lee closed his eyes once briefly. God’s will. My trust in Thee. Oh Lord, bless You and thank You." (p.107)

Strategy (Changing)

"Thank the lord for Longstreet’s spy [Lee thought to himself]." (p.110)

" ‘Your spy was correct in his reports. Had it not been for that report, this army might have been destroyed in detail. I thank you.’ " (p.112) Lee’s thanking of Longstreet shows that Lee is not blinded by his preference for the ways of the aristocracy (he can see that Harrison helped the army even if Harrison was a lowly spy).

"He [Lee] felt only one urge: to press on and get it done [finish off Reynolds’ forces]." (p.111)


Passion vs. Numbers

"In the morning we will be outnumbered."

Lee shrugged. Numbers were meaningless. "Had I paid attention to numbers, General..." Lee left the rest unsaid. (p.112)

The running debate between Lee and Longstreet over whether to attack the Union army whole-heartedly or swing between them and their capital at Washington and entrench comes to a head at the chapter’s end (p.112). This excerpt is part of that mini- climax. The following is part of the resolution, after Longstreet has left and Lee has made up his mind to attack: "Lee stood alone, troubled. He had had enough of defensive war. The King of Spades. Let us attack, and let it be done. I am extraordinarily tired." (p.113)

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