Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 – a primer

This 8-page note was written in 2004 to introduce to a group of young South Africans the 1993 movie Gettysburg, directed by Ron Maxwell and based on the historical novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

It outlines the historical background to the battle and its significance in the American Civil War, as well as providing information on strategic and tactical elements of the battle depicted in the film.