|Pvt Clewell, I'm not sure I'd say Gettysburg changed "everything" for the Union. One example would be that the Union was unable to mount a swift and decisive pursuit of Lee just after Gettysburg allowing the ANV to cross the Potomac River.
The Union still had some of the same problems that plagued it before Gettysburg (and Vicksburg), but they did have more confidence. An important chnage was that with the Battle of Brandy Sation and Gettysburg, the Union cavalry was showing itself to be a force to reckon with. Another factor in the Union's favor was the notion of Southern invincibility that fueled the Confederate army early in the war had been shaken.
Last edited on Sun Aug 5th, 2007 02:53 am by CleburneFan