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What was the approximate ratio the Union had in available soldiers compared to the Confederacy?


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June 10, 2015 4:48PM

The ratio of possible recruits the Union had in relation to the Confederacy is of course a moving number. It's difficult to come to a definitive ratio because of all possible variations involved and so many other factors. With that said, military historians find such ratios important to calculate and speak about. After much research, the ratio in favor of the North over the South has been approximated at 5:2. That's a healthy and significant advantage. Even taking into consideration the percentage of error factor, the aforementioned ratio can only be "off" by a few percentage points. Cases can be made for either a 4.5 to 2 or, a 5.5 to 2. advantage for the North.