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What strategies did the North use in the US Civil War?

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January 19, 2016 6:31PM

Northern strategies to end the South's rebellion were to:

1. gain control of the Mississippi river, this they did but did not decide the outcome of the war;

2. blockade the passage of trade goods, supplies, and arms to and from the Confederacy. Historians do not believe it affected the outcome of the war as the blockades were not effective due to many factors, such as sailing under the cover of darkness;

3. Capture the Southern capital of Richmond, this was done late in the war, when the war was already won , for all practical purposes; and

4. Use the strategy and tactics of "exhaustion" making the use of whatever armies the South had left to force a surrender.