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A discussion of the turning points and major eventsIn this paper I shall discuss four points concerning the civil war in detail The first issue addressed will be Professor McPhersons arguments in the text Ordeal by Fire and whether Antietam and Emancipation Gettysburg Vicksburg and Chattanooga represent the three critical turning points in the Civil War Second I will rank the three points from greatest to least in terms of their importance on the Civil War Third I will add a fourth event I feel was significant to the turning of the warThe Union and Confederate Armies met at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg Maryland on September 17 1862 in the bloodiest single day of the war more than 4000 died on both sides and 18000 were wounded McClellan failed to break Lees lines or press the attack and Lee was able to retreat across the Potomac with his army intact The professor suggests that this may have been the major turning point in the Civil War I would have to agree had the confederates been successful in this battle it is quite possible the European nation would have become involved in the war The European nations had a special interest in the war from a financial point since Most of the European nation and the south where dependent on the trade of cotton Mediation would have been a most plausible interceding by Great Britain or France The Confederates where hoping for financial or military support but I do not think that Great Britain was willing to come back to North America and fight another war Lee had suffered his first defeat this would not have been so important if it where not for the numbers of casualties the South suffered in this battle Had they been able to fall back with minimal losses they may have been able to regroup into a more offensive position and continue the quest to Washington McClellan being the eternal
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