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What was the turning point of the US Civil War?

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December 27, 2012 3:52PM

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The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war.

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It is arguable as to what was the turning point of the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg certainly is among the top three. My opinion is the Battle of Antietam was the foremost turning point. Lee's failure to achieve victory here ended the Confederate hope of European intervention on their behalf. Second choice would be the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4th 1863. This split the Confederacy in half, therefore losing the supplies available from Texas and Arkansas. Third would be Gettysburg. Hereafter Lee would be unable to carry out offensive action of this magnitude.