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2007.10.29 - Homefronts - [HOMEFRONTS History 150...

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[ HOMEFRONTS ] History 150 · Discussion 304 · Hughes October 29, 2007 M ILTARY C HALLENGES , 1862 - Union - many people in the Union believed this to be a short war - Confederates believed the same - many in the Union believed the Confederates would fold under Union pressure - in the East, every attempt that the Union made to take Richmond failed - in the West, Union successfully occupies New Orleans, but in pretty short order, everything get stuck - there is a devastating battle in Shiloh, Tennessee, 1 year into the war - 20,000 die, this makes it clear the war will not be short - the Union’s Government was not prepared for this war U N ION H OMEFRONT - Federal Budget, 1860-1861: 67 million/year - this was what was originally planned - the Union government was not prepared - the original Continental Army was 5,000 men - the battle of Shiloh took 20,000 men alone - 1865: 4 million/day - Financing the war - There is no central bank - banking is concentrated in the Northeast - all of these state chartered banks issue their own currency -
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