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 Posted: Tue Aug 17th, 2010 12:12 am
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This is a pretty interesting topic - at least I think it is.

I've been pondering the point Hank made in post 5 for a few days. I personally have never thought of the Gettysburg address as being the reason that Gettysburg has been thought of as "the" major battle of the CW. I figured it was because it was a relatively long battle (excluding sieges), had over 50,000 casualties (more than any other major battle), and was close to the population centers on the east coast. By comparison, Antietam was a one day battle and had less than half as many casualties. It was, however, the single bloodiest day, not only of the CW, but American history and, like Gettysburg, close to population centers. Hank really got me to thinking on his point. I can't say I agree with it, but I'm not sure I totally disagree with it.

What do other people think? Was the Gettysburg Address the reason why Gettysburg is thought of as "the" major battle? I'm open to persuasion on this.

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