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Unformatted text preview: The Debate Vicksburg vs. Gettysburg the Key to Victory Coates Ronald Coates US History Joe Smith MW 12-1:15 The Debate Vicksburg vs. Gettysburg the Key to Victory There were many battles during the civil war, but two of the most prominent battles have both been declared the most important; each website has a different view as to which one really was the most important battle of that particular war. The Siege of Vicksburg was a key battle because whoever won the battle would gain control of the Mississippi river and possibly could gain the overall advantage during the war. The other battle that is known as the most famous battle of the civil war is the battle of Gettysburg, which was the turning point for the CSA who from this point on was forced to adopt a completely defensive strategy. The siege of Vicksburg was a battle that started in the spring of 1863. This battle was of the utmost importance to both the Southern and Northern units who knew that this position would leverage control of the Mississippi river to whoever could hold the position to a victory. Lincoln was quoted telling his men “"...what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key! The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.... is the key!...
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- Spring '11
- Economics, American Civil War, Mississippi River, Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate States of America, Debate Vicksburg vs