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Civil War - T he Civil War I. The M iscalculations of War...

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The Civil War I. The Miscalculations of War A. Military 1. Both sides believed they would win the war rather quickly a) South: held most of the best graduates from West Point, Davis had an experienced military background, Southern army had more ex- perience with firearms, war would be fought on Southern soil (home advantage) -- defend the home, did not need to win the war - just defeat their enemy’s will to fight b) North: northern navy was superior, population of North was more than 3x larger than Confederacy (could enjoy overwhelming sup- port in military power), North was more diversified economically than South (4/5 of nation’s manufacturing was in the North, most of the railroad, etc), Union already possessed an established govern- ment that was also recognized by foreign powers, enthusiastic about maintaing Union, no leaders in the REpublican party had held military positions before 2. Conditions of the battlefields were not as pictured, military routine was
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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Civil War - T he Civil War I. The M iscalculations of War...

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