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|Gettysburger, I would have to disagree that Lee's army was not the same fighting force after Gettysburg. I agree that Lee lost alot of good Commanders and men, plus suffering his first major defeat. Lee's next major battle after Gettysburg was the Wilderness. And in that battle the ANV looked the same, another Union defeat on Virginia soil. The Union army did not retreat, the difference in my opinion after Gettysburg is Gen. Grant. Lee now faced a Union General that would not retreat. At the Wilderness if the Union General had retreated it would have been the same old act as before.