Civil War Advantages And Disadvantages

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A heritage of differences can drive people apart causing a world of problems. For example, during the year of 1861 was the start to the American Civil War. The conflict between the Northern states and the 11 Southern states about one side’s creation of a separate nation. The Civil War is also known as the War Between the States because of the controversy against the Union and the Confederacy. The Confederacy supported slavery; it is the foundation to this region because of all the agriculture in the south. Southerners did not want to give up this free labor while northerners thought differently and wanted to abolish slavery. The end to slavery created a huge impact on the Civil War and also influenced the citizens of the United States. The …show more content…
For instance, the Union had twenty-three Northern states and seven territories containing 22 million people compared to the confederates who had 11 states with 9,105,00 people and 3,654,00 of the population were slaves (civil war). Therefore, the south had a disadvantage while the north had the advantage. Not only did the union have benefits in population but they also excelled in supplies. The north produced 97% of all U.S. firearms and 96% of the nation’s railroad equipment. Over 70% of Americas 31,300 miles of railroads were located in the north (civil war). Therefore, because the Union had factories and produced most of the war material as well as the railroad system, it allows them to transport their soldiers with firearms to designated areas faster than the south would have been able to. On the other hand, although the south did not have as much railroad or firearms they are more experienced when it comes to being outdoorsmen, marksmen, and horsemen. Also, for the love of the military, the confederacy had better military academies and leaders (civil war). While the union and the confederacy had many differences when it came to the war, the one thing that they had in common was their soldiers. Soldiers on both sides each had motivation for fighting in the war. Most men fought because they wanted to fight for their way of life and what they believed in …show more content…
He was against slavery and was working on getting rid of it but Lincoln also wanted the confederacy to rejoin the union without having a war. Then when the south declined that is when he threatened to abolish slavery all together. For example, in the fall of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) gave the Confederacy and ultimatum: return to the Union with slavery intact, or come January 1, 1863, he would free the slaves in the Confederate states (Emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation). So, on January 1, 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Even though Lincoln issued this statement, many plantation owners refused to give up their slaves because they believed that Lincoln did not have jurisdiction over them. Regardless of the motives for the Emancipation Proclamation, the declaration had immediate and pro-found effects on the course of the civil war. Such as making the war about slavery and freedom, Lincoln kept European powers from joining the southern war effort; the south now had to concentrate more resources on controlling their enslaved labor, which took away from their war effort (Emancipation and the Emancipation Proclamation). Finally, African Americans began to enlist in the Union Army. For instance, in the book Buffalo Soldiers by Alice K. Flanagan the author states how African Americans joined the army after Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation which stated that blacks in the

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