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What were the south advantages in the civil war?
May 15, 2012 8:56AM
Some of the best officers of the US Army had resigned to join the Confederates.
Traditional advantage in cavalry - most young Southerners could ride and shoot
Officer class - the army was a more natural choice of career for sons of rural landowners than in the industrial North.
Rank-&-file - a more soldierlike breed, a generally aggressive kind of people
Home-ground advantage - most battles were on terrain unfamiliar to the enemy
Stronger war-mission - to defend the homeland against the invader.
Their President did not have to face an election in mid-war, as Lincoln did.
(At the beginning) Prospect of recognition and military aid from Britain and France.