West Virginia History, N.S. 2, No.1, Spring 2008 Lee's withdrawal restored "equilibrium." There was no longer a balance of power after Gettysburg. The only edge retained by the Confederacy was Lee, its greatest asset. That was soon offset when Lincoln chose Grant to oppose Lee. After Gettysburg, Lee's army was never again able to invade the North. Meade's hesitancy (the same problem that led McClellan to forfeit a chance to end the war in September 1862) enabled Lee to demonstrate his genius in retreat and prosecute the war for another twenty months. If that is what Brown means by "equilibrium," maybe such a position is necessary to support Brown's contention on page 390 that Gettysburg was not a turning point of the American Civil War. Despite his views, few historians doubt the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg or regard the military situation in Virginia as favorable for the Confederacy after Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. Richard H. Owens West Liberty State College My Appalachia: A Memoir. By Sidney Saylor Farr. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. Pp. 231.) The Appalachian Writers Association gave Sydney Farr the 2004 award for the writer who contributed most to the region and
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Aug 9, 2008
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