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 Posted: Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 03:38 pm
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Gettysburg is significant for one reason: it gave Lincoln the opportunity to recast his vision of America on November 19th.

As you note, Lee had been rebuffed before, at Antietam 10 months earlier. Few soldiers felt that Gettysburg was much more than another big battle. Lee lost the same percentage as at Chancellorsville and the Union had their typical difficulties following *any* battle, victory or defeat. Lee continued his offensive operations both strategically (Bristoe Station, Mine Run and the 1864 Shenandoah campaign) and tactically (attacks at both the Wilderness and Spotsylvania).

Gettysburg ‘benefits’ by being near to the major Northern population centers, from the post-war Lost Causers (centered in nearby Virginia) wish to pin defeat on a specific person and moment in time and from our very human emotion of picking an instant (almost always in retrospect) of permanent change. 


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