Civil War historian offers alternate view of Gettysburg's significance

03/31/2013 | Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration)

Kent Masterson Brown, an attorney and historian, contends that the Battle of Gettysburg wasn't the turning point in the war. Because Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was able to retreat with much of his army intact, the battle did little to sway the tide of the war in the Union's favor, Brown says. He contends that President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech at Gettysburg and his later assassination contribute to an exaggerated perception of Gettysburg's significance to the end of the Civil War.

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