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The Killer Angels

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June 29, 1863: Chapters 3–4

Summary June 29, 1863: Chapters 3–4

Chapter 4 is an excellent example of this technique of limited perspective. It is a long chapter that serves primarily to introduce the moody, intelligent Longstreet, who has recently lost three children and no longer socializes with his troops. The chapter also introduces nearly a dozen other characters, such as the pompous English lieutenant, Arthur Fremantle, and the dandy General Pickett. Fremantle serves primarily to reinforce the long-held romantic notion that the predominantly Anglo-Saxon Confederate officers were true gentlemen who passed their wealth on from generation to generation, in the tradition of British high society. In contrast, the Northern officers came from many different ethnic backgrounds and from a society in which anyone who earned enough money could become rich and a member of the social elite.