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  • Battle Of Gettysburg - 1,106 words
    Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if youre do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The battle of Gettysburg was the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Gettysburg is also known as the turning point in the war. Taking away the statues and most of the new development in the city we can see what Gettysburg looked li ...
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  • Battle Of Gettysburg - 1,117 words
    ... named George Armstrong Custer (Ward, 226). Now everything depended on the assault on the center of the Union troops at Cemetery Ridge. Longstreet was opposed to attacking head on. Meade saw it coming. General John Gibbon, commander of the 2nd Corps at the center, was alerted to expect the days major blow (Ward, 227). The man Lee chose to organize the assault was a fellow Virginian and special favorite of Longstreet, General George E. Pickett. At thirty-eight, Pickett was about to marry a teen-age sweetheart. Picketts men filed into the woods and waited, leaning on their rifles. They knew what was about to be required of them, and to relieve the tension some of the men pelted each other w ...
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  • Dday Thesis - 1,705 words
    A private who was aboard one of the first few gliders to reach Normandy expresses his feeling: "I experienced an interesting psychological change in the few minutes before and immediately after take off. As I had climbed aboard and strapped myself into my seat I felt tense, strange and extremely nervous. It was as if I was in a fantasy dream world and thought that at any moment I would wake up from this unreality and find that I was back in the barrack room at Bulford Camp. Whilst we laughed and sang to raise our spirits - and perhaps to show others that we were no scared - personally I knew that I was frightened to death. The very idea of carrying out a night-time airborne landing of such a ...
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  • Book Review Of The Killer Angels - 559 words
    Between the days of July 1, 1863 and July 4, 1863, the Civil Wars outcome was decided. These four days have been known as the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war. In The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara brings us a vivid image of what the battle was like. Shaaras work is very impressive. He is able to capture how things were during the Civil War. The fate of the country was resting on that war so the novel adds a great deal to the readers mind. Shaara was able to bring to the reader a little of the war. The book also gives you a feel for some of the important characters of the battle, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, ...
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  • John Warr - 716 words
    Civil War Art is a big part of history today. People today us it to remember the war. How did people survive, where did people live, why did we fight are all questions and wonders of people today. Artist these days and back than drew about those questions. It gave people a mental picture on how our world was back than. Also what the Civil War was about. Today there are many artists that paint pictures about the Civil War. Civil War Art is very valuable. It brings back the life of the Civil War. Artist chose the sight or the position of what they are painting. It really affects the final painting. They choose to paint the scars of a direct shell hit. Paintings also of bulges in coats were sho ...
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  • Gettysburg - 989 words
    Gettysburg is the most significant battle in the history of the United States of America. The fate of the nation would be determined in the Civil War. The outcome of the Civil War rested on a battlefield in southern Pennsylvania. The battle of Gettysburg reached its climax on the third day, when the men of General George Pickett charged up Cemetery Ridge. Therefore the outcome of the battle, the war, and ultimately the direction the nation would take rested with the victor in this courageous assault. The men involved and the choices they made would be continually put under a microscope and evaluated over the course of history. The great significance of this battle and the implications that i ...
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  • Gettysburg - 1,011 words
    ... d and because of smoke, and if there was any alternative to this attack it should be carefully considered (Stewart 112). Alexander was thus putting the burden of the fatal decision back on Longstreet. When Pickett confronted Longstreet to get final authorization for the assault Longstreet could not bring himself to talk, but instead just bowed his head (Stewart 164). After the attack had begun Longstreet announced, I do not want to make this charge (Stewart 162). After the war Longstreet took a job with the newly united Federal Government and was proclaimed a traitor by one Southern newspaper when they wrote, He has dishonored the dignity of the white blood and is a traitor alike to prin ...
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  • Anwar Sadat - 1,129 words
    Born into a family of 13 children in 1918, Anwar al-Sadat grew up among average Egyptian villagers in the town of Mit Abul Kom 40 miles to the north of Cairo. Having completed a grade school education, Sadat's father worked as a clerk in the local military hospital. By the time of his birth, Anwar's Egypt had become a British colony. Crippling debt had forced the Egyptian government to sell the British government its interests in the French engineered Suez Canal linking the Mediteranian Sea with the Indian Ocean. The British and French had used these resources to establish enough political control over Egyptian affairs to Four figures affected Sadat's early life. The first, a man named Zahra ...
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  • Living History - 1,191 words
    Michael Shaara's historical novel, The Killer Angels is based on the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaaras experience as a teacher shows by breaking down the characters and events surrounding this critical turning point in the history of the United States. Shaara helps the reader understand the significance of this important battle in which two percent of the male population at that time gave their lives for a cause (Sherwin, Elizabeth). He brings to life the great leaders of the North and South, men like Lawrence Chamberlain, Robert E. Lee, and James Longstreet, their similarities and their differences, and their effect on history. Throughout the novel, Shaara gets into the hearts, minds, and souls ...
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  • The Battle Of Gettysbury - 851 words
    The battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the American Civil War. When looking at the causes of the Civil War, and eventually the Battle of Gettysburg, one must understand the differences between the differences between the North and the South. The South was fighting the war because they believed that the government treated them unfairly. They believed that the government overtaxing them, with tariffs and property taxes. On the other hand the North was fighting the war for two reasons. first to keep the Nation together and second to abolish slavery.In almost every category: manufacturing, amrywise and moneywise the North was better off. This set the stage for a very monumental battle ...
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  • Why The South Lost The Civil War - 550 words
    There are many factors that contributed to the Souths loss of the civil war. Not only was Southern leadership weak, but the Southern army was significantly smaller than the Norths immigrant fed army draft and around 180,000 slaves fighting for the abolishment of slavery. The South also suffered severely from an insufficient transportation system for the movement of weaponry and goods. As though this wasnt enough of a disadvantage for the South, their dream of foreign intervention, possibly by Britain, was shattered by the diplomatic leadership of the North, and a British oversupply of cotton that prevented manipulation of Britains markets. With all that the Southerners had against them, they ...
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  • Gettysburg - 810 words
    Gettysburg was the turning point in the American Civil War. More importantly Gettysburg was the climatic clash between the two major American cultures of their time: the North and the South. The victory on Gettysburg was brought by three different aspects within these three days: Buford's defense, Picketts charge, and the defense of Lil' Roundtop. A climax of a conflict between two cultures with such vastly different ideals that they could not coexist in "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The battle began on July 1, when some of General Ambrose Powell Hill's advance brigades entered the town of small town Gettysburg, Pennsylvania looking for shoes. Becaus ...
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  • American History In Motion Pictures - 1,534 words
    We were there while the Titanic sank, we stormed Omaha Beach at Normandy, we saw the Battle of Gettysburg in person, and we rode throughout the west with Wyatt Earp. We were able to do this because Hollywood allowed us to journey to these historic times through the movies. Hollywood allows us to journey back in time to see how people lived, to witness the major events that shaped our world, and help give us a better understanding of a time period that we might not otherwise grasp. The movies help give us a visual picture, of the past, pictures that might not be easily extracted from a book. The means by which history has been taught has changed dramatically throughout the course of history. ...
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  • Killer Angel Book Review - 1,381 words
    Drive half an hour north of Washington, D.C. and you will find verdant rolling hills and flat, rich farmland, broken here and there by granite outcroppings and dark poplar forests. A place of great beauty and serenity. Close your eyes a moment, efface the houses and stores and gas stations from your mind's eye, and it looks pretty much as it did in July, 1863. That summer its green fields were stained red with the blood of 50,000 Americans dead and wounded. 50,000. In just three days of slaughter in Eastern Pennsylvania, fully one-third as many casualties as during the three years of the Korean War. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-4, 1863, was America's Armageddon, the single, blazin ...
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  • Conspirators - 1,148 words
    When Lee surrendered to Grant at the battle of Gettysburg, many people in America thought this was the end of the Civil War. One Confederate soldier, John Wilkes Booth, refused to believe the North beat the South, so he devised a plan to kidnap the President. He gathered three men and a woman to help with this plan. Each of these people played an important role in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. They were Lewis Powell, David Herold, George Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt. Lewis Powell was the son of Baptist preacher. He was born in Randolph County, Alabama in 1844. As a young man, Powell worked as a supervisor of his fathers plantation in Florida. He was infantryman, who fought at ...
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  • What Scares You The Most - 1,052 words
    ... s something terribly wrong with it, the report read: Today we gave a double dosage of the medicine. It seemed to have a overpowering affect on the patient, her nightmares have almost killed her in her real life! Our goal will be accomplished and both Doctor Johnson and I will be famous. As for her she will have to be sent to a lab. I hate to get rid of this experiment but she has no family life, nor any guardians. That means she can belong to us. As of this day she will have a different life and name. She is too young to remember any of this. Cathy could not believe what she was reading. Especially the next sentence; She bears the mark of her experiment on a very hidden spot, the mark of ...
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  • Irland - 852 words
    Like most Americans, my family is made up of many different ethnic groups. My mom's side is Irish Protestant descent. My dad's side is mostly English descent and a little of Native American descent from his mother. There is some in which I do not know because my dad does not know who his dad is. He was adopted by a man named David Mitchell, this is where my last name comes from. My grandmother died and never told my dad who his dad was. My dad could find out from his birth certificate, which is sealed in Albany, who his dad is. He has no Over the summer, I tried to find out about my family's ancestry. I only searched on my mom's side since it is easier. This is for two reasons, first my mom' ...
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  • Civil War Painting - 396 words
    The civil war was one of the most astonishing and longest wars of all times, It spanned over eight years and had approximately more than a million casualties. People of all ages and generations lost their lives in this war. One thing that makes this war so unforgettable is the fact that it was the first war with photography available. Many people and armature photographers were sent out to take pictures of the war's destruction and aftermath. What these photographers took pictures of were not just of fallen soldiers, or destructed land nor were these pictures just to be used for historical reference or educational purposes but these photographs were going to be imprinted in the American hear ...
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  • The Myth Of The Lost Cause - 1,337 words
    Following the defeat of the Confederacy and to lift the morale of a shattered people momentum gathered to enshrine the Myth of the Lost Cause which would transform the Southern soldier living and dead, into a veritable hero. In order to come to terms with defeat and a look of failure in the eyes of God, Southerners mentally transformed their memories of the antebellum South. It became a superior civilization of great purity which had been cruelly brought down by the materialistic Yankees. At the head of this revival was the memory of Stonewall Jackson, closely followed by Robert E. Lee (who would rise to the prominent position following his death in 1870). Other generals of the Confederacy w ...
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  • The Killer Angels - Chamberlain: A True Leader - 377 words
    Michael Shaara presented Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in his The Killer Angels not only as a courageous, heroic soldier with outstanding integrity, but depicted him using tremendous leadership skills in a large variety of situations. When we were first introduced to Chamberlain he gave a remarkably motivating speech to over one hundred starved and angry soldiers. With his passionate and honest plea he was able to break through their barriers of hate and betrayal and inspire them to fight for a belief even they could relate to. This act alone convinced me that this man was a talented leader and would have an impressive impact on The Battle of Gettysburg. After each confrontation where casualti ...
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