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What WAS Gettysburg's significance, other than morale and symbolism?
Well, the obvious, really -- much of which has already been stated. For the Confederacy, this was a battle that determined the morale and ability of the AoNV to continue to offensively assert itself. The question immediately became: how well can this army continue to defend Virginia? With Vicksburg serving as another nail in the coffin, the answer soon became painfully and fatally evident. The divided Confederacy drfited into factionalism, famine riots, and general malaise for the cause. For the North, the exact opposite, really: there was an increase in morale, volunteers, and support for the cause.