Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Civil War Essay

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In the Civil War, there was a lot of strengths and weaknesses on each side of the war. Factories and factory workers were one of the most important things in the war. These people gave all the supplies to all of the troops. The railroad mileage was a big factor too. Abraham Lincoln said “I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards”. It means that the economy and war support needs to keep on going forward. It does not need to go all go at once, but it cannot go backwards. Because if it did the South would get an advantage and the North would lose the war if they keep going backwards. The economy during the Civil War was one of the biggest factors during the war, for the North because 90 percent of the factories in the north was producing war materials …show more content…
This was a major disadvantage for the north. The North had untrained troops and inexperienced generals was a disadvantage early in the war (Ushistory.org). The general for the north was not that aggressive in the beginning of the war (Schulman). This is why the North lost a lot of battles early in the war, like at the First and Second Battle at Bull Run (Ushistory.org). The North had to travel a lot of miles to defend the South’s attacks (Ushistory.org). The northern people though that the war was going to over quick, and that was not what happen. The North had to blockade the whole southeast coast and the Gulf of Mexico so, the South could not get supplies from the other countries (Lutz). This separate them out so the confederacy could attack them at their weak spot (Ushistory.org). The north had to also, come in an unfamiliar land when they invaded in the south …show more content…
The South only had 11 states (Ushistory.org). Thus making the population small with 9 million people and 3.5 million were slaves. There was around 750,000 to 1.2 million enlisted in the war (Library of Congress). The North set up a blockade in the sea so the cotton farmers and other farmers could not send out their materials during this whole war ( Lutz). The South could not get any exports so they ran out of a lot of supplies late in the war (Schulman). This also, could not get Europe in the war in it because they did not get any supplies from them. The Europeans wanted something in return and the south could not give it to them. Europe could get cotton from India (Schulman). The South also had no navy so, they could not do anything with the North’s navy. The south could not get gunpowder due to the blockade of the North because gunpowder was all imported (Ushistory.org). The south only had 9,000 miles of railroads (Library of Congress). A bigger problem for the South was transporting all of these men and goods to the battlefields ( Lutz). The South only had 9,000 factories and the north had 101,000. This made production of war materials slow and with the 9,000 railroad miles it made the product get to the soldiers really slow (Library of Congress). In order of the South trying to get more money the South printed more money. This made the South go into inflation. There were a lot of riot in the south due

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