A different, and much less approached question is: why did the South last so long when the scales were near-ludicrously tipped towards the North? In this paper I will answer that question. While the North did possess the materials and manpower to be assured victory, the Confederacy retained three very distinct advantages that from 1861 to 1864 the Union struggled to circumvent: a vastly superior officer corps, a defensive standpoint, and most importantly a vast superiority in enthusiasm for the war. Southern social society was based off that of English nobility, which placed great importance for, among other things, military service. In contrast, Northern society evolved around the Calvinist religious ideals of industriousness, and placed great importance on the gathering of wealth.
The North also had more able bodied men than the south allowing it to raise a larger and better equipped army, if not as well a trained army. A larger army, trade, and manufacturing all contributed to the Union’s overwhelming military victory in the civil war. Politically President Lincoln said that he was only going to war to save the Union. President Lincoln believed that the United States Constitution did not give him the power to free slaves, it did give him power to preserve the Union. He only issued the Emancipation Proclamation
Seeing as though the Confederacy initially had an advantage over the Union as far as better generals and espiritu morale, the South seemed highly likely to win the war. In the book, Why the Confederacy Lost, the idea that the South had any chance of winning is combatted, while also proving why the North won. Although the North did not possess the knowledge of the land on which they fought, their ability to win was based purely on slaves, the South's demoralization and lack of ideology, their uniforms, and their odds against the South altogether; if the North had not have won, the end of slavery and even a civil war would have been inevitable with time. In the beginning, Grant wanted to mobilize every available man and apply pressure on all fronts. What was a better way to utilize every available man than to utilize slaves?
More than anything else, these two presidents were very different. To start with Lincoln's main goal was to preserve the Union. On the other hand, Davis's main goal was to build a new government. This was a very difficult considering that he had to do this while fighting a civil war Lincoln was self-educated, read a lot, and had a good sense of humor. And during his presidency he had trouble finding able leaders.
Davis was the first and only president for the Confederate states and Lincoln was the 16th president for the Union states. Slavery was a big thing in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was against slavery but Jefferson Davis was for slavery. Davis graduated from west Point while Lincoln was self tought. Davis had more political and military experience than Lincoln, but Lincoln had little experience with the government and had difficulties controlling his cabinet
What would turn into a four-year conflagration and take more American lives than two subsequent world wars together was expected by many at first to be no more than a "show of power" exhibited by both factions that would end in quick compromise. But, it soon became apparent that the South would not bargain. It didn’t matter that the industrial North was considered unbeatable with its larger population and its iron factories able to churn out artillery by the carloads. The pride of the South was wounded, and the scars were enough to inspire its men to victory in the first several engagements, including the First Battle of Manassas, 30 miles from Washington
Kant talks about the Summon Bonum, ‘’the real object of our will’’, he says that we cannot achieve this without our own morality entering into the equation for making decisions. This means that any set of absolute rules for everything would not allow us to
These papers were loyally devoted. The Richmond Whig, cheered on the almost defunct Whig Party, the Vindicator endorsed secession, while the Enquirer endorsed the Democratic Party. In the book Four Years in Rebel Capitals: An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death, author T.C. Deleon examined “The South’s best wartime newspapers boasted the thinking of some of the sharpest minds in the region.” When the war broke out in 1861, some 120 newspapers were published in Virginia. Every town of any size boasted at least a weekly paper.
Needless to say, southern slave owners were not willing to abolish slavery because of the money they stood to lose. The North, on the other hand, was experiencing an industrial revolution. This area of the United States had five times more factories than the South. However, unlike the South, work in these northern factories was carried out by immigrants. Since the North controlled the majority