58 pages 1 hour read

Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1974

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Part 2: “Wednesday, July 1, 1863”

Part 2, Chapter 1 Summary: “Lee”

Lee wakes and leaves his tent, feeling dizzy from getting up too quickly. He walks to his horse, Traveler, and realizes that Stuart has still not arrived. His hands still hurt from a fall from Traveler, but he feels no chest pain this morning. His chief aide, Walter Taylor, approaches and confirms that Stuart has not returned. Taylor then delivers a message from Hill, stating that he will take his division into Gettysburg and requisition shoes from the shoe factory there. Taylor reports further that Ewell is moving in from the north and should be in Cashtown (west of Gettysburg) by noon and that there is a rumor of Union cavalry in Gettysburg, though Hill doesn’t believe it and expects no opposition. Lee emphasizes to Taylor that he wants no fighting until his entire army is concentrated around Gettysburg.

Taylor continues his report and says that some civilian women want to speak with Lee because Ewell’s raiding parties have left the citizens little to eat. Taylor also tells of a man requesting the return of his blind horse, requisitioned by the army, and Lee orders the horse’s return, knowing he must do what he can to keep the civilians amiable.