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Harrison the Spy in The Killer Angels

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Harrison the Spy

No, not Harriet the spy—Harrison the spy. This raggedy, Shakespeare-quoting ex-actor shows up at the very beginning of the book. Posing as a farmer searching for a runaway wife, he spots the Union Army on the move and rides back to alert Longstreet and Lee. He has time to muse about the heartlessness of humanity in the process—and to get bowled over by his audience with the revered General Lee. About half first the chapter is told from Harrison's perspective, before switching and jumping mainly into Longstreet's head.

Shaara notes in the afterword that Longstreet actually encountered Harrison again after the war—the dude had gone back to acting. After that, though, Harrison's trail disappears.

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