Advantages Of Northern Victory In The Civil War

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The American civil war took place between 1861 and 1865. It had been fought between the northern states (also known as the Union) and the Southern States (also known as the Confederacy). Northern and Southern states had always had many moral and political differences, often involving economy and culture. However, the main and most inevitable cause for this war to break out had been slavery. Although it had been foreseen that the Union was to obtain victory in this war, the South had some advantages which should be taken into account. At the start of the Civil war, victory for the Union had not been as obvious as it had been later because the Southern states had some advantages which could have helped win the war. The South had been relying…show more content…
It had been long foreseen during the war that they were going to obtain victory due to their numerous advantages they held over the Confederacy. At the time, the North was portrayed as the industrial area of the country. Northern states were known to be more modern and economically developed than the South. One of the most important advantages they had over the Confederacy was their superiority in numbers. Most of the Southern states’ population relied on slavery and the amount of slaves which were owned by each citizen in the south. The South’s army had been much weaker than the Union’s for this reason. Slaves couldn’t participate in military services, and men were needed to take care of the land and the agricultural production of the states. This only left the too young and the too old to fight in the war. Although this fact can be taken differently depending on different points of views, this was commonly seen as a clear disadvantage for the Confederacy. The Northern navy was clearly more effective and outstanding than the one the Confederacy had set up. The southern states needed to import food and wheat, due to their strong reliability on their exports. However, the North managed to build a blockade around the borders of the southern states and prevented them from relying on their trades any longer. The south had attempted to get Britain’s support to destroy this blockade. However, this plan didn’t work out…show more content…
The Union knew from the start of the war that they held many advantages over their enemy. This was the main reason why their determination was lower than Southerners’ determination. The North was certainly more economically and industrially developed than Southern states. However, today it is being questioned whether the South could have won the war or not. Had it not been for their strong reliability on exports, and the unpredicted northern blockade, they might have had a chance to win the war, despite the Northern economic advantage. Their morale and will to win the war was much higher than all the determination of all northerners put together. What mostly affected the Northern victory, however, was the difference in numbers they had. It came a point in the war, where the side who would start lacking of more soldiers, would lose the war, and this was clearly what the Confederacy had failed to foresee. The Union had a much higher male population than the South, and therefore, more soldiers. The North won this war for various reasons, each leading to the next. Most of these reasons is based on their economic growth and industrial difference with the Southern states. There is a widespread opinion which expresses the view that if the war had depended solely on determination, the South would have surely won the American Civil war, and the American civil rights today would be very different than what they
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