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The Confederate War Effort 'why Were The Confederate States Able To Sustain Their War Effort Until The End Of 1862?'

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From the onset of war, the Union had the most obvious advantages, being resources, manpower, food, and industry, meaning that the could not only have a large army, but that they could feed and equip it as well. However, often not as well noted are the Confederates numerous other advantages to their favor.First of all, the Confederate only needed to defend their own land. This meant many things, such as that they were familiar with the area that they were protecting, which allowed them to use it more strategically, while supply lines and railroads were shorter which were used for deployment of equipment and troops. At the time the new long range firearms made 'offence-defence' strategy even ...view middle of the document...

A prime example of the Union's military incapability is how after General McClellan trained his superb army of the potamic, he was reluctant to send it into battle. This, and other examples including his lack of acting swiftly at Antietam after finding the cigar case orders marked him as the 'dithering General'. The South on the other hand, had extremely capable military leaders. This is shown simply by how while the Union lost around 360,000 men, the Confederacy only lost 250,000. Since the Southern generals were better, soldiers tended to work harder, both in and out of battle. The soldiers themselves were also more experienced, as most of them had earlier experience with guns and riding horses. They often even considered each of themselves equal to ten 'yanks'.There was also always the possibility and hope that that either the French or the British might join in on the war helping the Confederates, which gave the South more of a will to fight. They would have done this due to their need for the raw materialssuch as cotton, tobacco and sugar which the South produced an abundance of. This would have been disastrous for the North, as they would have most likely had to...

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