US Civil War
History of the United States
Century - 1800s

Why did the US Civil War last four years when the South had so many advantages over the North?



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From the very beginning of the US Civil War, the Union held important advantages over the South. This was seen in the number of soldiers the North could place on the battle field, it's safe harbors for building warships, its manufacturing superiority, and the fact that when the war began, the South had to create a government. The better question is why did it take the Union four years to end the US Civil War.The South's advantages, such as not needing to overthrow the US government, but cause the North to tire of the war, fighting on its own territory, and being able to field strong armies even after major defeats certainly were Southern advantages. With that said, these advantages paled against the North's ability to continually raise large armies and successfully invade Southern territory.