I agree that the western theatre was certainly where the war was won. Thus I agree that Vicksburg certainly carried more significance ultimately than Gettysburg. But interestingly enough, I wonder which would have had more significance had Lee pulled it off and won at Gettysburg..just some thoughts from an overworked and undercaffinated individual....I think it would depend on how costly a victory was won at Gettysburg. Personally, as I've stated before in other topics, I propose that Lee's greatest blunder of the war was in fighting at Gettysburg at all. Even if Longstreet's assault had succeeded in breaking Meade's center and possibly routing the Union forces from the field, how much strength would Lee have had left to follow up with?