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Unformatted text preview: Advantages and Disadvantages of the North and South Union vs. Confederate Armies Union Advantages Sheer Numbers Larger Population 3x’s as many men of fighting age Produced 4/5 of the nation’s industrial Goods Produced 2/3rds of the nations food supply Could transport men and supplies faster and in greater number Civilian Leadership (Lincoln) Controlled the Navy and Merchant Marine Union Disadvantages Fighting an offensive war There had been no direct taxes in decades There had never been a draft Had an unpopular rise Confederate Advantages Blacks helped build fortifications Fighting a defensive war Better field leadership More accustomed to handling guns and horses “King Cotton” made Britain a trading ally Confederate Disadvantages South had NO tax structure Didn’t allow African Americans to fight Civilian Leadership (Jefferson Davis) Plantations forced to switch to food producing rather than cotton producing Unconnected railroads Poorly Equipped No Navy Only 2 tiny gun powder factories Info Regarding Both Sides Both sides tried to get Great Britain to aid them North should have won easily In the North, Lincoln was not that popular The Republican party split after the election of 1860 because they disagreed over WHY the war was being fought ...
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