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Minor Themes (see "book Themes" section for greater detail)
Union vs. Confederacy: The contrast is based upon the differing structure, unity, size, and leadership between the Northern and Southern military.
War truths (Enemy Friends): Lee "is the most beloved man in either army." (p.xvi) "No one no can insult Abe Lincoln in Pickett’s presence." (p. xvii) Armistead "has developed over long years of service a deep affection for Winfield Scott Hancock, who fights now with the Union." (p.xvii)
Communication: Men end up killing their friends merely because the high generals and politicians tell them to.
Human Nature (Tendency to be Self-Critical) : Garnett’s hurt dignity after Jackson’s accusations.
Motives for Fighting