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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 9:43 p.m. PST

"Within days of the fall of Fort Sumter, four more states joined the Confederacy: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The battle lines were now drawn.

On paper, the Union outweighed the Confederacy in almost every way. Nearly 21 million people lived in 23 Northern states. The South claimed just 9 million people including 3.5 million slaves in 11 CONFEDERATE STATES. Despite the North's greater population, however, the South had an army almost equal in size during the first year of the war.

The North had an enormous industrial advantage as well. At the beginning of the war, the Confederacy had only one-ninth the industrial capacity of the Union. But that statistic was misleading. In 1860, the North manufactured 97 percent of the country's firearms, 96 percent of its railroad locomotives, 94 percent of its cloth, 93 percent of its pig iron, and over 90 percent of its boots and shoes. The North had twice the density of railroads per square mile. There was not even one rifleworks in the entire South…"
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torokchar Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 7:14 a.m. PST

So how did the Greeks defeat the Persians if size, numbers and resources were the major factors. An age long argument on why an incompetent southern military lost the war…… Just one Yankee's opinion.

CorroPredo16 Mar 2019 8:02 a.m. PST

At least they were competent enough to put 300,000 yankees down.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 11:04 a.m. PST



EJNashIII16 Mar 2019 4:46 p.m. PST

"The North fought the Civil War with one arm tied behind its back." Shelby Foote

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