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¿¿e statement: the aggressive Jackson would not have delayed as Ewell had done on the evening of July 1; Jackson's presence would have held the opinions of Longstreet in check; and the unity of command would have been maintained. The outcome of the fighting might have been different. If Lee had won the battle, however, the strategic outcome would have been similar to what is today in the historical record.

Winning the Battle of Gettysburg would have left the Army of Northern Virginia extremely low on ammunition and encumbered it with numerous wounded soldiers requiring transportation and treatment. The Union army would have lost severely and casualties would have been higher than they actually were, but depleted ammunition and

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ABOVE: Dead Union soldiers found in areas occupied by the Confederates were normally found stripped of both shoes and equipment. Throughout the war Confederate soldiers had little equipment and often went into battle without shoes. RIGHT: Meade and his forces crept forward carefully and crossed the Potomac River two weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg. The slow movement of Meade allowed Lee to escape.

supplies would have been replaced quickly as the army fell back toward major northern cities. Additional troops would have been mobilized to reinforce the Union army.

Winning at Gettysburg would have been a tremendous moral victory for the Confederacy and would have shaken the resolve of the population of the North; then again, the North had suffered severe defeats

ABOVE: Dead Union soldiers found in areas occupied by the Confederates were normally found stripped of both shoes and equipment. Throughout the war Confederate soldiers had little equipment and often went into battle without shoes. RIGHT: Meade and his forces crept forward carefully and crossed the Potomac River two weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg. The slow movement of Meade allowed Lee to escape.

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in the past and continued the fight with increased intensity. Anyway, a victory by Lee would have been offset by the simultaneous and decisive victory of Grant at Vicksburg.

The Army of Northern Virginia moved back into Virginia and the remainder of 1863 saw the North and South in what essentially was a stalemate. Meade was slow to go over to the attack, but actions along the

Rappahannock River at Bristoe Station, Rappahannock Station, and Kelley's Ford showed that the fighting ability of the Army of Northern Virginia was no longer what it had once been.

When the Army of the Potomac began its next spring offensive, it was under the command of the man who had been winning the war in the west, U.S. Grant. The Army of

Northern Virginia would maneuver openly against him only on May 5 and May 6, in the Battle of the Wilderness. The South had lost so much of its former power that Grant was able to continue his advance toward Richmond while Lee's divisions were forced to oppose his attacks from within entrenchments. There would be an entirely different war in 1864.

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