During The Civil War, Our Country Was Split Into Two Parts,

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During the Civil War, our country was split into two parts, the North and South, each having their separate strengths and weaknesses. The economy, military strategies, and attitudes were all factors that played in the result of the American Civil War. The country was torn between the views of the Union and the Confederacy, each fighting for what they believed to be right. It is considered a very important historical event that will always be marked in the nation’s history. The economy during the war was by far the most important role. The South’s departure from Congress allowed the North an opportunity to establish and dominate America’s industrial and economic future (Arrington). Production of goods such as coal, iron and steel, shoes,…show more content…
The Confederacy had great wealth, but most were caught up in the slave economy (Arrington). A major problem was transportation of soldiers and civilians which was extremely difficult (“Strengths and Weaknesses”). They received support from European countries who supplied them with several warships, but Northerners convinced them to not recognize the Confederacy (Guelzo). The North had a great military advantage over the South. The commanding general Ulysses S. Grant used new steamships to keep a constant flow of soldiers, supplies, weapons, and materials against the South’s unprepared army (Arrington). The North controlled the Navy, and a blockade could easily suffocate the South (“Strengths and Weaknesses”). As a result, the Confederacy was undoubtedly unable to compete with the Union at sea. The North, however, had to conquer the unfamiliar landscape of the South. Civilians often directed armies along obscure roads not visible on maps (Davidson and Stoff 487). The South had a limited authority of central government making it very difficult to accomplish anything (Davidson and Stoff 488). They tried bringing political power to a single authority, but their attempt was unsuccessful. Many found it difficult to cooperate with officials of both the Confederacy and their own states and cities (Guelzo). The leaders of the armies also had a big impact on the war. Abraham Lincoln
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