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Did the South have a chance to win the Civil War 1861-1865 In his book entitled Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era author James M McPherson believes that there were three major turning points that concluded a Union victory 1The Northern Victory at the Battle of AntietamSharpsburg in 1862 2Northern victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863 3The re-election of President Lincoln 1864 Why was the Northern victory at Antietam Sharpsburg the first major turning point for the Norths victory of the Civil War The North had struggled through the early part of the war without even coming close to a battle victory The battle at AntietamSharpsburg wasnt actually a total victory but it was a tactical draw which neither side was clearly a winner Yet this tactical draw held positive consequences for the Union The failure of Lees army to clearly win on Northern soil prevented the CSA from gaining the much needed foreign support This victory also gave President Lincoln the opportunity to present his Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln presented his Proclamation in January 1863 to show that the Northern war objectives were to emancipate the slaves and reunify the Union The Northern victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July of 1863 proved to be another turning point of the war which again favored the Union Lees march into Pennsylvania was his second attempt to take parts of Northern soil Lee was defeated at Gettysburg and turned tail back to Virginia This was the CSAs last attempt to take Northern lands After being defeated at Gettysburg and U S Grant taking Vicksburg MS the south now had a to fight a defensive war These victories gave the North the much needed hope for winning and it was the beginning of the end for the CSA With the Election of 1864 approaching the CSA felt
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