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|It seems that we almost unanimously agree that Vicksburg is a more important loss...I suspect the increasing amount of interest and general knowledge of the western theater I've noticed among us history buffs lately has something to do with it. As for myself I freely admit that at one time I studied the east almost exclusively due to my ignorant opinion that nothing exciting happened in the west...after all, all the "burgs" were in the east right? But over the last few years(and especially the last one) I've become more convinced that the civil war was lost and won with the Union's control of the Mississippi river. Lincoln knew this, and now I must acknowledge his exceptional insight into this waterway's strategic significance.
I also must admit I'm still a sucker for the high drama of battles such as Gettysburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Fredericksburg. But I also must admit that I find myself increasingly drawn to the relatively unexplored doings in the west.