Reasons Why the North Won the War Between the States

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The Confederate South, which is known for its deep military history, proved to be no competition for an industrially sound and hastily growing north in this Civil War. The North that was industrially strong and armed to the teeth found much of their victories quite easily obtainable. Strategy, moral, leadership, and economy are just a few factors that contributed to the Union's dominance over the confederate succeeded states. The Union won the civil war by economic fortitude and industrial dominance not just by the power of their military.

The Civil War was over before it began. "There was probably never any chance of the South winning without

European recognition and military aid" (Zebrowski 222). The union showed its advantages from the beginning. In

population the North had an advantage of almost five to two. This advantage appears even greater if the slaves

(which were more than one-third of the Southern people) are counted as somewhat less than the same number of

freemen (Current 21).

Raw materials were mostly congregated in the North. Much of the railroads were traced across the northern habitants: twice as much track and a better system of integrated lines (Brinkley 383). The South fell short with these advantages and just could not keep up.

The strategies of these two feuding regions widely varied. Grand strategy was involved in the southern approach to

the war. This was the fact that the confederacy didn't have to win in order to win; it was enough if she held the field long enough to weary the North with the war. The North in order to win, had to conquer the South (Commager 15). The North completed the with help from Lincoln's Union policy. Lincoln wanted to preserve the Union and he

would let nothing get in his way of...