Book Review: The Killer Angels

by William Anderson

22 April 2004

[Ballantine, 384 pp. ISBN: 0345348109]

Decent book. Written by a Civil War buff, not a professional author. The writing style is choppy. It attempts to "take you there" and capture the action minute by minute. Good for anyone who wants to delve into the major characters and events of the particularly important Battle of Gettysburg of the Civil War. The Killer Angels takes a sympathetic look at Southern interests in the War of Northern Aggression. The book chronicles the three days of this terrible southern defeat. Each chapter is named after a prominent officer on either side and these chapters relive each officer's unique experience as the battle unfolds. The Civil War was, obviously, a turning point in American history. America is a nation more racially diverse and multicultural than any other nation in the world. Diversity is not our strength. The jew-controlled media has told you wrong. Racial diversity is our curse as white folks. VNN tells you right. Let's face it folks, America is a synthetic nation-propped up by the lies and misinformation which are disseminated by the Jew-controlled mass media. For if race is nation, then America is not a nation. It is an accident happening all around us. Why? Because RACE IS NATION. Whites have bestowed incalculable benefits on the third-worlders who are here in our country. What have they done for us besides the "favor" of providing cheap labor and foreign cuisine? Nothing. What we need is ethnocentrism en masse. Nearly all of Europe, Russia, the United States, Australia, and Canada should have long ago been named "Whitefolksville." But the ewige juden were always there, steering our nations into disaster, and away from the fact that the White Gene Pool is a great, extended family, rather than a collection of arbitrary borders.

For those of you who aren't too familiar (or just don't care anymore) with the events of the Civil War, Gettysburg is believed to be the decisive battle of the over 2,000 land engagements which occurred during that war. Why? Because Lincunt the Mass Murderer of White Men made his speech "Four score and seven years ago..." No, not really. Basically the South had won every major battle up to that point. In fact, the Southern soldier had whipped the northern one in every category and had sent the northern invader running crabwise in each and every major engagement. However, all these southern victories had taken place on southern soil. At Gettysburg, for the first time, the Rebs had gone north over the Mason-Dixon. So it was the north's turn to play defender. In a defensive battle, the defender has certain advantages. Morale is generally better because the soldier is on home ground and is protecting his women, children, land, home, and livestock. Supplies are more abundant. The populace is supportive rather than hostile. The all important ground is usually advantageous to the defending forces. And time is often on the side of the defender as well. Robert E. Lee, the commander of the southern forces, wanted the war to end. He believed that one final, decisive battle was the best way to send the Union army scurrying off to Washington to forever leave the Southern states alone and in peace. He knew that the longer the war dragged on, the greater the odds against the South became since the north had such huge advantages in its manufacturing base, infantry numbers, and naval superiority, among other things. And so he forced his hand at a town called Gettysburg, located in southeastern Pennsylvania. I'm not sure about you folks, but New England and much of the northern U.S. might as well be a foreign country as far as I'm concerned. We speak the same language, but that's about it. And that's exactly how you're average Southerner felt circa 1840.

What if the South had won? It's a tantalizing prospect for Southerners like myself. Many writers of alternate history have attempted to tackle this question. The South wanted to keep power in the hands of the states. Southerners have/had an instinctual aversion to a powerful central government. Examples throughout the ages had shown that local rule and local lawmakers are better for locals than a massive central bureacracy far away. It was essentially a case of Southern pride not liking being told what to do. As in: "free those niggers or else". To which the south replied: "free niggers? ha ha ha ha ha!" Virginians know what's best for Virginia, Texans know what's best for Texas, that sort of thing. The common soldier felt that Lincoln was a big-government federal asshole who didn't care for anything but enriching himself and his cronies at taxpayer expense. Kind of like how many of us feel about Bush and his pointless (unless you're an Israeli or a stockholder in Halliburton, Bechtel, Amoco, etc.) warmongering in the Middle East. We know it's for Israel and oil barons-regardless of what the media say (and particularly what they don't say). A lot of "truthful" reporters can tell you the simple fact that there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (and if there are they probably came from the US in the early '80s). Then they surmise with the greatest shock that Dubya lied. A lying politician? Gee willickers! Holy rusted metal Batman! Who could imagine such a thing? But these same reporters won't tell you what it is actually about. They're just too busy being shocked and awed that national leaders could dare be dishonest with the "citizens of the republic" about their reasons for going to war. Simpletons, provincials, bourgeois, gullible minds - the Kwa has no shortage of these types of people.

If the South had won, the American negro would eventually have been deported back to its continent of origin as slavery became outmoded and various agricultural machines took its place. Free at last! A massive central bureacracy would not be dictating laws and policies to distant states and the thing we call democracy would take the form of popular referendums whereby the voting public (educated white males) would determine the course of state development and policy. Democracy as it is today is hardly more than choosing between two privileged figureheads who read speeches. In a perfect democracy the educated, racially-aware white male population forms the executive, legislative, and judicial branches deciding important matters through the polls. Early on, the carpetbagging Jews would have been banned from entering, as Washington and Franklin and others advised during the founding. They wanted Israel, they got it. Now go live in your desert holy-land jews and stay away from us and our children. A 20-foot-high electrified fence would run the entire length of our southern border. Our navy would be concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico and the mid-Atlantic with orders to sink any vessel holding illegal invaders bound for Florida. There would be a large standing Army ready to re-defeat those scumbags up North if they ever decided to dictate to us again. Utopia only needs to be white, separate, educated, and racially aware for it to happen. Who knows what else? The above are just fantasies of mine. It's hard to say what might have happened and it's ultimately irrelevant since, in this thing we call reality, the South lost.

So back to the book which explains why. It was in July of 1963 -- the three days before Independence Day in fact. General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had 73,000 men. The Union Army, under General George C. Meade, was composed of 97,000 men. The country is very hilly. A major problem for the South was the lack of effective communication, making it difficult to coordinate attacks and transmit orders and reports. Their cavalry, commanded by Jeb Stuart, apparently decided to go joyriding, leaving the South without the ability to scout the Union forces and determine numbers and exact locations. In those times, the cavalry was the "eyes" of the army. Many high officers would call for a court martial of Stuart, but he was a favorite of General Lee and would only receive a mild scolding when he finally returned on the night after the second day of the battle. So to summarize events -- as a Southerner who dearly wishes the South had won. The Army of Northern Virginia takes the offensive and marches into Pennsylvania in June, only tens of miles north and west of the northern capital of Washington. Southern vanguard forces spot dismounted Union cavalry south of town called Gettysburg (population 2,400). The northern cavalry stays put because they believe their Army is due shortly. The Rebels gather sufficient numbers to attack this cavalry as the rest of the army marches hard to join. Attack commences but cavalry bravely holds for hours while Union infantry moves in to reinforce. Eventually the Rebels mount enough pressure to send Union troops running. Thousands of Yankees captured in ensuing confusion. The South is unable to press the advantage as Union forces rally along Cemetery ridge. Day ends. Union forces spend much of night digging in and reinforcing high ground. Both armies then amass for pitched battle the next day.

Day 2 finds both armies arrayed along parallel high ridges about a mile apart. The Confederate line is five miles long and curves through town eastwards. The Union is more bunched, entrenched in a defensive fishhook posture to the southeast occupying a series of connected hills. The Rebels maneuver about unseen behind western Seminary ridge. Lee decides to attack both flanks of the enemy. Various commanders, particularly General Longstreet, request that Lee allow them to swing around further south and east to the Union left but Lee refuses. Longstreet knows that if they can just crush the flank then they can take the Union army lengthwise. They might have to spread thin to do so, but the risk is minimal since it is apparent the North is not going to attack. Remember, one more crushing Yankee defeat and the war is won - so Lee believes. The missing cavalry is felt keenly by all Southern commanders. The Confederates attack broadly on both flanks but Union colonel Chamberlain, who history would record as a truly remarkable soldier, manages to repulse several waves of southern attacks along the Union far left. He knows that if his flank goes, so goes the army. He would become a great hero of the Northern army that day and in the future. General Ewell is unable to break the entrenched union right just south of Gettysburg. Union resistance is the most stubborn the south has seen. Ewell comes within a few hundred yards of the North's crucial supply train, but he doesn't know this as it is shielded by a woods and there is no cavalry present to scout. Poor communication also means needed reinforcements do not come when called. Many thousands of casualties on both sides this day. Not really an outright loss for the South, but no victory either. The Union army is elated at their first true repulse of a concentrated Confederate assault. Night falls. Lee decides to press on while Longstreet (2nd in command) pleads with him to leave the field and find better ground. He is a very defensive-minded general who correctly sees no point in a mass assault on entrenched high ground. Lee refuses to retreat, thinking his army is invulnerable. He feels the North will now heavily reinforce flanks so decides to mass attack the center of Union line, following a concentrated artillery bombardment. There is a mile of upward sloping open ground to march over before Union lines (now comfortably behind a stone wall) can be reached. Longstreet senses the coming disaster but Lee cannot be persuaded. He feels the center will be weak and that the Yankees will break and run as usual. He is overconfident after two years of victory after victory. Jeb Stuart returns from from his jaunt through the countryside (along with a few thousand of his riders) and Lee has a word with him regarding his complete absence.

Day 3 dawns. Pickett will lead the long assault up the hill, along with Generals Pettigrew and Trimble. At 1 p.m. an enormous artillery barrage begins. Southern artillery of around 200 cannon opens up on Union center. It is surely deafening and impressive, but does little to soften up the Union lines. Southern artillery was not greatly respected by the North. The North answered with over 400 guns of its own. A great duel goes on for over an hour. The southern infantry lays low and waits it out. Then comes the sad climax. With a salute from Longstreet, Picket leads 15,000 men out of the woods and up the long hill into a constant hail of rifle and artillery fire. Courage the likes of which our gelded mass-men know nothing! Massive casualties ensue as Longstreet weeps his eyes out. Through it all, Pickett's men reach the Union line but fail to break it. In under an hour, 10,000 of this assauting force become casualties. Pickett's Charge fails. And with it the hopes of Confederate victory. The Union is saved. Lee's retreat begins the next day. Meade does not follow it up. The battle leaves over 56,000 casualties in its wake, including 5,000 horses. The South bore the brunt of these frightening numbers. The scene was total devastation. The Confederate army that staggered away was completely exhausted in every way. The South would never recover from this loss, though the war raged on for two more years. Gettysburg was the apex of the South's attempt at independence, the high-water mark.

And all of it so Darnell and Tamika don't have to work for the bossman no more. The book is worth a look if you're interested in the Civil War. Thanks for reading.


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