Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
* Shaara offers biographies briefly on Robert Edward Lee, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and Ulysses Simpson Grant.
* The book starts just ten days after the major defeat of Lee's army at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.
* From 1861 to 1863, terribly bloody battles follow one another.
* As the novel starts on July 13, 1863, Lee, Chamberlain, and Grant are the primary commanders...
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