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What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy in preparation for the Civil War?
- Banking, Factories, Ships
- Experianced Government
- More railroads to transport supplies, equipment and men.
- Large Navy
- Larger Population; 22 million to 9 million
- Trading with Europe
- Best Military Officers
- Long Coast lines make it difficult to blockade
- Fighting on own soil
- Land in South is heavily wooded making easy ambushes and retreats
- Not in complete agreement over the abolition of slavery
- Lost alot of good officers to the South
- Going into unknown lands
- Small Navy
- Long Coastline hard to defend
- Little industry and factory production
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The battle of Vicksburg.
The State of Kentucky was officially neutral in the Civil War. Citizens of Kentucky were not forbidden to join military groups, however. About two-thirds of Kentucky's vol…unteers fought for the South, while one-third joined the Union cause. By choosing not to secede, Kentucky managed to reduce the terrible destruction of the war compared to its neighbor, Tennessee, which saw horrific battles. In an attempt to win Kentucky over to the Rebel side, a major Southern offensive was launched into Kentucky in 1862.
Abraham Lincoln for the Union; Jefferson Davis for the Confederacy
The North had to do the invading. The South was mostly fighting on home ground, with which they were more familiar, and where local civilians were able to help. The North wa…s industrialised, and able to manufacture all manner of war supplies. The South was agricultural and had to improvise its war production. The North was free to import and export throughout the war. The South was increasingly blockaded. The North had little experience of cavalry. The South had a strong cavalry tradition, with most young men owning several horses. The North were fighting reluctantly, out of duty. The South were the kind of people who actively relished a fight. The North had the most talented President America has ever known. The South had a President who was badly out of his depth, both in military and political affairs.
NORTH STRENGTHS 1- manpower (more people) 2- industry (more factories) 3- money (more $$$) 4- transportation (more rail lines) 5- Navy 6- Finally, LINCOLN! NORTH WEAKNESS 1- m…ilitary leaders SUCKED! 2- didn't have slaves to aid them, only " white " men, until later in the Civil war they recruited colored soldiers. SOUTH STRENGTHS 1- Mostly "country boys" who were taught to shoot & ride early. 2- Military leaders-- Most of them West Pointers 3- Cotton ----------- For trading to Europe for weapons 4- Fighting in their home turf. Defensive battles mostly. 5- Quality of soldiers SOUTH WEAKNESS 1- Not enough population 2- ports blockaded by Union Navy 3- No real industry 4- Lack of funds for war effort. 5- To large a front to defend One of the South's main advantages was its superior military leadership. One of its weaknesses was its lack of a manufacturing base.
When there is conflict and war within a country between it's own political factions, it is usually referred to as a civil war. As the Union and the Confederacy were both facti…ons of the United States, the war is titled the Civil War.
The South had superior army leadership while the North had the factories capable of making the supplies and equipment needed to wage war.
Some intangible disadvantages for both the Confederacy and theUnion during the Civil War was the loss of ways to get supplies tothe battlegrounds. There were many people in th…e South willing tohelp the North but finding them was impossible.
Both sides faced a lack of volunteers to fight; the North issued a draft, but the disorganized Confederacy had little power to do that. Union: -slavery issue -initially fighti…ng on "foreign" unfamiliar terrain -incompetent (or at any rate pretty useless) military leaders at first -lack of willing soldiers to fight (solved with draft and political pressure) Confederacy: -ineffective government/leader (both disorganised and unprepared for war) -fewer numbers -less access to artillery/other industrial resources necessary for war -less money -many incompetent military leaders (minus Lee; he was brilliant) The North initially did not have the advantage but as the war progressed, their overall numbers (along with their control over the Mississippi, splitting the Confederacy in half) overwhelmed the South. Actually, had the North not intercepted a Southern courier holding key military strategies, the South may have actually won. lee was a brilliatn strategist. The North's military leaders later in the war (Grant) were fine with losing many of their own as long as they inflicted an equal or greater amount of damage on the South. As far as some seiges were concerned, the North simply cut off supply lines to Southern towns/cities, effectively starving the civilians into surrendering. The Civil War was (and I believe still is) the war in American history resulting in the most deaths (counting both sides casualties, of course, since they were all technically American). The North also managed to take the Mississippi River and key cities along it. In doing this, they effectively controlled commerce in the South (or at least the main ports), and they also took the railroads. The North eventually had virtually full control over the transportation within the South by the end of the war. Sherman in particular adopted a harsh treatment of the South. It was his army that burned down towns they passed and sprinkled salt on the dirt, effectively ruining the fertileness of it and starving the people. Also, political unrest and dissent from the public was there in both sides (usually when their side was losing). The North was able to quell it more (bigger army, yaddayadda), but the South's inefective government couldn't do anything, pretty much. hope this helped ^^
On October 16, 1859 John Brown and 21 followers arrived at Harpers Ferry. Brown had killed slavery supporters in the Kansas Territory, and then he wanted to spark a slave revo…lt in Virginia. Brown and his men attacked and captured the federal arsenal, where the weapons were stored. They took hostages, but no slaves came to join the revolt. United States Marines led by Colonel Robert E. Lee rushed to Harpers Ferry to capture John Brown, put him on trial and execute him. The South (Confederacy) were shocked by his violent acts. His raid started the tension between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy). Later, many white Southerners blamed the North for Brown's acts. That is the first event that triggered the Civil War.
They had no common stengths. Their strengths were more-or-less the opposite of each other. The South had a much smaller population, but a much more emotive war-mission. The No…rth was stronger in artillery, and the South was stronger in cavalry. The North had a highly talented President, the South had a useless one. etc.
In theory, the Union, because it already had the administrative structure in place, whereas the Confederates were having to build a government and an army from scratch. But in… practice, the two sides were equally unprepared for a long war, the Union able to muster only 16,000 National Guard, and nothing in the way of weapons or uniforms.
The North had a superior population, and their army was much bigger than that of the South. Also, the North had lots of manufacturing capability, as the economy in the North w…as industrialized. . The South had much more capable Generals than the North, and since most of the civil war was fought in the South, they knew the land better. The South couldn't make enough food and supplies for their army.
The south had the better military force and leader's. What changed the tide of the war was the change brought forth by President Abraham Lincoln in making it about Slavery ins…tead of the industrial revolution which was the leading cause of the South's wanting to cede from the Union. The North started gaining momentum with the printing of 'Green backs' (Lincoln's money), and the South losing the financial backing of the British. That and the South rushing ahead of its supply lines giving the North the chance to cut them off and fight them without giving them the chance to replenish supplies and troops. This came to a head in Gettysburg PA. Were Union General George Meade defeated Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia after a bloody 3 day battle. This battle starting on July 1st and ending on July 3rd 1863. The Civil War raged on with victories for both the South and the North for almost two more years. It wasn't until finally on April 9th 1865 that General Lee finally surrendered to General Grant in the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Sadly while Celebration broke out in Washington D.C., on April 10th 1865, President Lincoln was shot and later died.
One thing that the South had that the North didnt was they didnt have money like they did int he South. One thing that the South had that the North didnt was they didnt h…ave money like they did int he South. Answer A weakness for the north in the Civil War was that it had bad leadership. The good leaders fled back to their homes in the south when the war started. The leaders that were left were too old to lead and didn't know what they were doing.
Some fought for the Confederacy, some fought for the Union, some remained uninvolved, and some got involved against one side, but not necessarily for the other side - for exam…ple, the Lumbi Indians found themselves at odds with the Confederacy due to the forced impressment of Lumbi Indians to build fortifications, but they had no allegiance to the Union. but most fought for the confederates. One notable Union general was a Seneca Indian. He was one of Grant's most trusted advisers and wrote up the terms of surrender that General Lee accepted. One notable Confederate general was from an Indian nation in Oklahoma. His was the last major Confederate army to surrender to the north, many weeks after Lee and Johnston and others had given up.
By far the Confederacy. They won the first battles of Bull Run and routed the Union Army. The Union just through an army of poor trained soldiers at the well trained Southerne…rs.