HIS-144 Topic 7 DQ 1 Phillip Stewart.docx - The effects of...

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The effects of war on the home front during the Civil War were felt by both sides. Women really felt the effects of the war on both sides. For one, their husbands and sons, who did most of the physical work around their homesteads or plantations were now gone, either by volunteering andenlisting or being drafted. The role of the women changed, as they had to pick up the slack left by the men going off to fight in the war. The South was probably affected more as the North changed its war strategy to total war. The use of the total war strategy crippled the South. With the tide of battle in favor of the North, it was a way to punish the South for provoking the North into war. Prior to changing to this strategy, the North focused their fighting only against the soldiers, leaving private property alone. The North focused on destroying anything that would help the South in its war efforts. This meant attacking and destroying anything that would affect their society, both military and civilian, like railroads, bridges, and cotton gins. The Civil War

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