The Significance of the Battle of Gettysburg Analytical Essay by Sam198

An analysis of the impact of the Battle of Gettysburg on the final outcome of the Civil War.
# 150931 | 2,816 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | GB
Published on May 11, 2012 in History (General)

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This paper looks at the evidence provided by authors like Eicher and Goss and argues that the Battle of Gettysburg was critical as a turning point in the Civil War. The paper argues that the battle widely demoralised the Southern army, destroyed its moral and financial and military resources and resulted in the ultimate victory of the North.

From the Paper:

"The battle of Gettysburg represented the most significant event in the US Civil war. The military conflict started because of the dichotomy between two ideological approaches
among the United States, the Unionist North, opposed to slavery, and the Confederate South, where slavery was more common and socially accepted. The war represented the turning point that prevented the South from continuing its invasion of the North, and ensured the Unionist victory, which had a very significant impact for the US, as it generated the widespread abolition of the slavery to African Americans and the basis for racial and gender equality that today's America enjoys, as the feminist movement emerged within the abolitionist activism movement (Kerber, 1980).
"The South's attempt to spread their invasion of the North resulted in heavy
offensives in various US regions, including Virginia. The battle of Gettysburg represented
the Confederate attempt to reach further Northern regions like Philadelphia, and therefore
reinforce its dominant position within the war's framework, enabling combat
attacks needed to ultimately win the war. A Southern success would have probably generated the end of the war and the South's victory ("

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Catton, B. (1965). Never Call Retreat. Phoenix Press.
  • Churchill, The Right Honourable Winston S. "If Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg", in Squire, J.C. (1972). If It Had Happened Otherwise. New York: St.Martin's Press, 175-96.
  • Coddington, E. B. (1997) The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command. New York:Touchstone Books.
  • Eicher, J. D. (2003) Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History. Chronicle Books.
  • Goss, T. (July, 2004) Gettysburg's "Decisive Battle". Military Review > Vol. 84 Nbr. 4.

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