The Confederacy lost the Civil War for a variety of reasons, chief among them a lack of resources and manpower. The North had more soldiers, more manufacturing and agricultural capacity, and the ability to blockade Southern ports. The institution of slavery also made it difficult to generate political support overseas.Know More
At the beginning of the war, the North had 22 million citizens while the South only had around 9 million, including 3.5 million slaves. The Union states also produced more than 90 percent of the country's iron and firearms. Early in the conflict, the Union established a blockade around the Confederacy, preventing the South from being able to trade for resources it sorely needed.
The Union also enjoyed an advantage when it came to leadership. While individual generals were notoriously incompetent in the first few years of the war, Lincoln was a strong leader compared to Davis. The Confederate government did a poor job managing the economy, leading to massive inflation. Escaping or liberated slaves bled the Confederate agricultural system while fortifying the Union. Lee's inability to bring the war to Northern states also meant that the South was almost always fighting on the defensive and suffering the ravages of the conflict.Learn more about US History
Some of the major causes of the Civil War were state rights and differences in the social and economical structure between the North and South. Slavery fit into all three of these categories and was another key component to the start of the Civil War.Full Answer >
Although the Confederate strike on Fort Sumter was the battle that beganÂ the Civil War, the first major land battle was the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas). This battle took place on July 21, 1861,Â close to Manassas Junction, along the banks of the small Bull Run river in Virginia. It involved 35,000 Union troops pittedÂ against 20,000 Confederate troops.Full Answer >
Positive outcomes of the Civil War included a stronger United States government and the abolition of slavery, while negative outcomes included a high death toll and ongoing racial strife. The Civil War took place from 1861-1865 and literally divided America.Full Answer >
The Civil War was a complex conflict stemming from myriad causes including slavery, trade, and federal structure, and as such it is a matter of opinion as to whether or not it was preventable. Many forces were in play at the war's outset and at the time many outcomes seemed possible.Full Answer >