How did the Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg change the course of the Civil War?

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Sep 29, 2017

The battle of Vicksburg cut off many supplies for the Confederate army and the battle of Gettysburg killed so many of Confederate troops that he could no longer attempt an attack on Union soil.


General Ulysses Grant lay sieged to Vicksburg that eventually led to Vicksburg's surrender, since the inhabitants were eating rats and digging holes to escape the Union cannons' barrages. Vicksburg was in a strategic position on the Mississippi River and was an important place to maintain the Confederates' supplies. With Vicksburg in Union hands, the Confederate army could not survive the war.
The battle of Gettysburg started at a time where the Confederate and Union army was feeling around for each other. They met at a town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg. The Union dug up defensive positions and General Lee decided if the Union army was strong at its sides, it was weak at the center. He ordered a charge led by Pickett, which is why the charge is called Pickett's Charge. They were slaughtered and General Lee was forced to retreat. He would never set foot on Union soil again.