From: Karmen Lewis
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Karmen L Lewis History 67 William Cutler 4/18/00
Week 13 Text Question: What advantages and disadvantages did the North and South bring with them into the Civil War?
The North had many advantages over the Southern States. For example, more than twice as many people lived in the North as in the South. There were approximately 22 million in the North and only 9 million in the South. Of the 9 million people in the South, two out of every five were blacks, most of whom were slaves. Slaves were not expected to fight. However, they were expected to do maintain the house and fields, thus releasing the white men to join the army. Not only did the North have more people, but it had more resources and supplies. Most of the factories that could make guns, ammunition, uniforms, and thousands of items needed by fighting forces were in the North. In addition, the North had more railroads to move goods and more men to do the fighting. Furthermore, the United States government, its army, and its navy were already established and working. The South had to build these things as it went along. One the other hand, The South possessed certain advantages over the North. For one thing, the South was fighting for the most part on its own soil. Its believed that people fight harder when they are trying to defend their homes, as to when they are invading enemy territory. Also, they knew the territory much better than those whom they are fighting against. In addition, the South had many outstanding military leaders who had resigned from the United States Army to fight for the Confederacy.