The Killer Angels


by Michael Shaara






The Killer Angels 

by Michael Shaara



 Michael Shaara







About the Book


The Killer Angels is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg. In this book, author Michael Shaara describes the strategy, hope, and fear of both Union and Confederate generals from Monday, June 29, to Friday, July 3, 1863. It offers an intimate look at the generals—Lee, Meade, Longstreet, Reynolds, Pickett, and Buford—as well as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Some were legendary before the battle; some were destroyed by the conflict. You have heard the speech and read the statistics. Now feel the fear and the weariness of the boys in blue and gray who fought to win at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—the crucial battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. 




About the Author


Michael Shaara (1929-1988) was a novelist and short story writer. He worked briefly as a merchant seaman and police officer, before beginning his writing career as a science fiction short story author. He wrote a science fiction novel, The Herald, and a novel about a boxer, The Broken Place. A novel about baseball, For Love of the Game, was published after his death. From 1961 to 1972, Shaara was a professor of English at Florida State University. After Michael Shaara’s death, his son Jeff Shaara wrote a prequel (Gods and Generals) and sequel (The Last Full Measure) to his father’s best-known work, The Killer Angels.




Books Between Bites

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, reviewed by Rodney N. Henshaw, Dean of Drake University’s Cowles Library 

The Age of Lincoln

Guest speaker O. Vernon Burton provided an original interpretation of sectional conflict, civil war, and reconstruction. Focusing on seven decades, 1830 through 1900, Burton used Abraham Lincoln as the fulcrum around whom ideas swirled and conflicts erupted. Burton was Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of the book The Age of Lincoln, winner of the 2007 Heartland Prize for nonfiction. A New Lyceum Lecture Series presentation.

Battlefield Balladeers

Accompanied by banjo, guitar, and fiddle, the Battlefield Balladeers performed patriotic, sentimental, and comic songs of the Civil War, punctuated with quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Mary Chesnut, and Mark Twain.

Civil War Reenactors Today
Civil War reenactor Trevor Steinbach described the lives of infantry soldiers, displayed their accoutrements, and talked about what it takes to become a reenactor. He described the soldiers’ uniforms, equipment, and food, as well as the wounds and the medical treatment they received.

The Underground Railroad in Illinois

Historian and author Glennette Tilley-Turner discussed the Illinois locations of the Underground Railroad using photographs and drawings, and related personal accounts of escaped slaves and those who helped them.

Civil War Surgeon

R. J. Lindsey portrayed William Hammond, M.D., Surgeon General during the Civil War years. He described Civil War medicine, told stories of courageous nurses, and displayed a collection of 19th century surgical instruments, including a set of amputation tools.

The Roads that Lead to Lincoln: Honest Abe on the Historic Highways of Illinois

Presenter Dave Clark mapped out important Lincoln sites along the historic highways of Illinois and offered a whimsical look at the impact that Lincoln has made on our culture, from businesses such as Lincoln Towing and Lincoln Insurance, to cars such as the Lincoln Continental.


Book Discussion

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

One Book, One Batavia 2009 was presented by the Batavia Public Library and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.