Northern victories that served as turning points in the war.
There have been many books written on this subject, so it is pretty complicated but there is a simple answer, as well. By the end of the day July 3 1863, the South's eastern army commanded directly by Robert E. Lee, had lost a full one third of its force; in the three day battle at Gettysburg. Even though the North had lost a few more men, they were in control of the battlefield and still had 4 times as many men on the field than did the south. Lee was forced to abandon the field and his "Northern Campaign" and head back south out of Pennsylvania. Against the advice of some of his most trusted generals, he had taken the offensive at Gettysburg and had failed (his only major field error) and had left his army in a position were it would never again be able to "take the fight" to the Union army. With the size of two he Armies now always heavily favoring the Union, all he was able to do, was to take defensive positions and retreat when the odds got too bad. This, he did brilliantly, for two more years and preserved his army the best he could losing only one Confederate to every four or five Union soldiers. At Vicksburg, the very next day, the Union's western army commanded by U.S. Grant, defeated the southern forces which had been holding the city during a long siege. Vicksburg was the last southern stronghold on the Mississippi River and by taking this the North now controlled the traffic on the Mississippi and, although still two years in the future, the end of the Confederacy was now in site. So, it could be said that the South, lost the war in two days; July 3rd and 4th, 1863.
In reality the several battles of Vicksburg were not significant ones, nor were they battles that signified that the North was on a winning path. Vicksburg had long been charged off as a loss by the Confederate military high command. For Propaganda purposes Jefferson Davis had hoped to save it, however, in the Western theater of the war, most Confederate generals agreed that Middle Tennessee was the most valuable target in the West. Vicksburg never supplied the East with products from the West. In fact the reverse was true. The Union wasted time and manpower to capture Vicksburg and it only was able to do so in a siege. Then were burdened to garrison the city.As for Gettysburg, once again a misnomer. A careful read by military historians shows that Lee's army was able to escape to Virginia after losing Gettysburg.
Lincoln was correct in his criticism of General Meade. The Army of Northern Virginia would live to fight on for another two years despite all the advantages the Union army had.
By chance, they happened on the same day (4th of July), so they had a big effect on Northern morale. Gettysburg was the more dramatic battle, but Vicksburg was the more significant victory - ending the war in the West, and freeing Grant to go to the aid of the Army of the Cumberland in Chattanooga. It gave him the credibility that would propel him to the top job - General-in-Chief of all the Union armies.
The two battles - far apart - that ended on the same day. Gettysburg, which ended Lee's hopes of invading Pennsylvania. And Vicksburg, which liberated the Mississippi, ending the war in the West.
The ending of the Siege of Vicksburg, and liberation of the Mississippi. The Battle of Gettysburg, ending Lee's hopes of invading the North.
In sequence: Fort Sumter - first shots of the war. Vicksburg - ended the war in the West. Gettysburg - ended Lee's last hope of invading the North. Appomattox - where Lee surrendered to Grant, effectively ending the war.
Early-July 1863. It saw the fall of Vicksburg, which liberated the Mississippi, ending the war in the West, and the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, ending Lee's hopes of invading the North.
Gettysburg is often dubbed 'Confederate High Watermark', and it was not only the bloodiest battle of the war, but it wrought a psychological body-blow to Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, neither of which was ever the same again. However, the surrender of Vicksburg (which happened simultaneously with Gettysburg) was probably the more significant - ending the war in the West, and marking-out Grant as the next Union General-in-Chief.
Their morale improved greatly, as they had seen off Lee's second and last attempt to invade the North. Just the next day, Grant took Vicksburg, ending the war in the West.
Antietam - because it gave Lincoln the credibility to issue the Proclamation Gettysburg - because it ended Confederate hopes of invading the North. Vicksburg - because it liberated the Mississippi, ending the War in the West. Chattanooga - because it averted the capture of Grant's whole army. Atlanta - because it saved Lincoln from being voted out in the election.
It could be either of Vicksburg or Gettysburg - both announced on the same jubilant Fourth of July (1863). Vicksburg ended the war in the West, enabling Grant to come to the aid of the Army of the Cumberland in Chattanooga. Gettysburg marked the end of Robert E. Lee's ascendancy - he was never able to mount an aggressive campaign again, only a dogged defence, ending in his surrender.
Siege of Vicksburg - ending the war in the west. Battle of Gettysburg - ending Lee's hopes of invading the North. Battle of Chattanooga - saving the Army of Cumberland from starvation, and giving Grant the credibility to become General-in-Chief.
Lincoln managing to keep the four border-states loyal. The Emancipation Proclamation - keeping Britain out. Gettysburg - ending Lee's hopes of invading the North Vicksburg - ending the war in the West Grant promoted General-in-Chief - a winning strategy Lincoln winning the '64 election - the North votes to fight on
Inconclusive Battles or in other words, a never ending battle
The Battle of Gettysburg, on July 1st 1863 and ending on July 4th three days later This is open for debate, but a good place to look would be the Death of Stonewall Jackson followed by the battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. This marked the end of a seemingly invincible Confederate army and the last Confederate push into the North. Up to this point, the Union was on the backfoot. Afterwards, the Union troops regained the momentum and pushed the war into Confederate territory.
Yes, it played a big role in the ending of slavery.
1st Bull Run - first pitched battle of the war. Demonstrated to both sides that they weren't ready for operations. Antietam - first Union victory for many months. Gave Lincoln the credibility to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Gettysburg - Lee's first defeat since Antietam. Big psychlogical blow to the Confederates, and the end of any hopes of invading the North, either to occupy territory or to forage for provisions. Vicksburg - arguably the most important Union victory of the war. It liberated the Mississippi, isolating all enemy troops to the West of the river, and ending the war in the West, enabling Grant to go to the aid of the Army of the Cumberland.
It was a 5-week siege, ending on July 4th 1863.
It was a 5-week siege, ending July 4th 1863.
It represented Lee's first big failure - a bad psychological blow - and it marked the end of his hopes of invading the North. It also occurred at the same moment as the ending of the Vicksburg siege, so it was a jubilant Fourth of July for the Union.
Gettysburg is regarded as the battle that lost the Confederates the war. This Northern victory came on the same day as the ending of the Siege of Vicksburg, on the Mississippi, and the double event was greeted with joy in the North when it was announced on the Fourth of July.
Three in particular: Vicksburg - liberating the Mississippi and ending the war in the West. Gettysburg - ending Lee's hopes of invading the North. Chattanooga - enabling Sherman's Atlanta campaign
Meade defeated Lee, ending Lee's invasion of the North.
Grant was not known for his speeches. He won several important battles: Ft. Henry and Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, the Siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, in the West; and the final campaign ending in Lee's surrender at Appomattox in the East.
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September 1862 - ending with their defeat at Antietam/Sharpsburg July 1863 - ending with their defeat at Gettysburg