|The problem there is that Grant did not come east immediately after Vicksburg. Chickamauga still had to happen, with Rosecrans being defeated and falling back to Chattanooga leading to Grant bringing the Division of the Mississippi to Chattanooga's aid. Grant remained in the west for the rest of 1863, a victory for Lee at Gettysburg could have forced an end to the war before Grant could be brought east. Bringing him east with all his forces before the end of the Chattanooga Campaign could have allowed the forces under Bragg to retake Confederate territory in the west.
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