Ships during the American Civil War

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For centuries before the Civil War, large naval battles had not changed dramatically. Battle in the times before the Civil War were fought by wooden, sail-driven ships carrying as many cannon as possible, which would shoot at each other until one of them became so damaged that it could not keep up the fight. In the decade before the Civil War, however, major developments in naval technology forever changed the face of naval warfare. Even though the South was thought to have the advantage over the North the North was able to take advantage of the new technologies that were coming out to actually bring them a victory that set precedents that would last till the present day.
The Civil War lasted for four years, from 1861-1865. It was between the northern states and the southern states. The South was called the Confederate States of America and was led by President Jefferson Davis. The North was still the Union, and was led by president Abraham Lincoln. Slavery had been a historical problem before the war that could be linked to starting the war. In the eyes of some Southerners slavery was a necessary evil. The South found slavery highly profitable and knew their economy would collapse without…
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