Why the South Lost the Civil War

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Noah Silversmith 10/30/11 Why the South Lost the Civil War The loss of the South in the Civil War was the result of various contributions. First of all, they were underequipped in artillery and production factories. The South’s population was about one fourth of the North’s excluding slaves. They were not united and lost because it was their own philosophical beliefs that destroyed them. The South was underequipped and outclassed in everything industrially. They’re only hope of taking a military advantage was support from European countries. However, the connections were cut when the North blockaded the South and when the North incited the European public to support the North’s effort preventing European interference i.e. the Anaconda Plan. Although there was a high morale to serving the Confederacy and to destroy the Union cause, they didn’t have the materials to do so. Many would just fight with stones or any primitive makeshift weapon they could use when they were depleted of bullets because of their low artillery production. The South also had much less supply lines. Their railroads were half that of the North’s and whereas became less as the North decimated the South’s rail lines. The North figured that it would be wiser to destroy their supply lines and weaken the troops. However food lines wouldn’t be a problem if the South couldn’t even supply food. As men were drafted into the army, agricultural farms would wither away due to lack of maintenance. Another disadvantage would be the size of the South. The ratio of people of South to North was about 3 to 7. However 3.5 million of those Southern people were slaves and did not justify their enslavement, so the actual ratio would be about 1 to 4. Considering the North’s territorial advantage over the South, it is impressive to see that the South could sustain such a defense over the four
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