The real significance of Gettysburg came about after the war...
Good point! It definitely seems that the cult of Gettysburg has allowed it to endure longer (and with seemingly more ramifications) in modern, popular memory than several other more pivotal battles. Why the cult of Gettysburg has been as strong as it has over the past years, though, I don't know. There is a certain legendary, perhaps even mythical element about this battle which very few of the others have, in my opinion -- First Manassas and Appomattox being two exceptions that immediately come to mind.
Last edited on Tue Sep 23rd, 2008 06:06 pm by Charlie Stone