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|i think if the south was able to hold vicksburg and other key locations on the miss. river, the war would have been extended but not won by the confederacy. If the south could have taken complete control of the mississippi river then the war would have taken a complete turn. With the mississippi in their control the confederates could have transported troops deep into the north and possibly cut the north in half. If they had done that while also making it to the great lakes then new york and other New england states would have been threatened. The more i think about it the more i see that the mississippi was the key to victory on both sides.