Essay Topic 1
The Civil War caused brother to fight brother and friend to fight friend. It was often difficult for people to choose a side because their loyalties to family or state were sometimes at odds with their convictions. In The Killer Angels, Lewis "Lo" Armistead finds himself on the opposite side of his good friend, Winfield Hancock, and Robert E. Lee is torn between his oath to serve the United States and his devotion to Virginia. George Pickett is a staunch Confederate, yet has great respect for Abraham Lincoln. With support from the text, discuss:
1) the internal conflicts that these or other characters struggled with in The Killer Angels
2) how the characters dealt with them
3) what effect these conflicts had on their already difficult lives as soldiers or leaders.
Explain how these internal struggles could be symbolic of the Civil War itself.
Essay Topic 2
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