Strengths and Weakneses of The North and South

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There were many strengths of both the union and confederate states. But the most abundant strengths belonged to the Union. Such was the very large population. This enabled the Yanks to have more people to go to war, more people to work the industry, more people to supply goods by farming them, and most important of all, they had plenty more reserves to send to the war effort. Another strength of the Union was the Navy. The navy could set up a blockade of ships to intercept the goods traded between the South and Europe. This would put gre Continue...


at strain on the Confederates; they would have to ration all of the supplies, and would die from starvation living conditions. Although there were a few strengths, there eventually weren't enough to repel the Union army. The Rebels were fighting on their home ground, and had to protect their homes and way of life. And since 65 of the farmland in America was found in the North, the South had less means to find food. And, because of the North blockading the cargo ships coming and going from Europe the supply lines were enormously short. As for the South, there were not as many advantages. What the rebels lacked in food, people, land, and a monetary system, they gained in leaders. The south also had the better generalsmilitary leaders, because most of the generals that were trained so well were natives to the south. The North also had one of the best political leaders in the country, Abraham Lincoln. The Yanks had 90 of the factories in America; they manufactured iron, coal, copper, and sulfur. But with the Yanks many advantages such as vast railway lines, agriculture, population, political system, leaders, and abundant resources, the South just could not overcome. On the whole the South just didn't have enough advantages to overcome the Northern armies.