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Old 04-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why the South lost the Civil War

10 historians briefly explain why they think the South lost the Civil War. Not a long read, but pretty interesting explanations IMO.

Why the South Lost the Civil War – Cover Page: February '99 American History Feature

I was surprised that Stonewll Jackson and Nathan Bedford Forrest were not mentioned as competent commanders.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stonewall is pumped up almost as much as Lee.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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7-21 says it all.
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The old-fashioned answer is still the best one. Overwhelming numbers of people and resources.
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Northern naval superiority and the failure
of King Cotton Diplomacy.
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The old-fashioned answer is still the best one. Overwhelming numbers of people and resources.
It's really that simple. Union had a lot more casualties, but they just kept on coming.
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The boom of Egyptian cotton also played a big part in keeping the British from coming into the war on the side of the south. It does get very complex at points.
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I'd say it's because of the Russian naval presence.
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The old-fashioned answer is still the best one. Overwhelming numbers of people and resources.
This. Equal numbers and evenly distributed resources on both sides of the conflict would have been catastrophic for the North.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Rhett Butler explained it best before the war Lol

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Waited untill after the war to kill that scoundel lincoln.
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The primary problem was the lack of a strong central government. The South had resources but it was never brought to a united front.
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Stonewall is pumped up almost as much as Lee.
Naturally, the concerted effort by the southrrn mystique movement chose them as their martyrs.
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The old-fashioned answer is still the best one. Overwhelming numbers of people and resources.
Which is a myth
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