While there are many positive and negative aspects to the North winning the Civil War, the debate of whether the United States is better off today is still controversial. The Confederate States wanted to fight off many issues they faced with the North or the Union. While many only are aware of the abolition of slavery, there were also more positive aspects due to this war. With the evidence I have seen, I believe the United States is better off since the North won the Civil War. From this war, the United States is better off socially, the overall outcome of government and military operatives, and economically.
He upgrades the quality by tightening command and discipline, improving morale, and convincing the soldiers that the confederacy was in full command of the situation. Lee knew that we are lacking, and devised initiatives to nullify the Union’s superiority in manpower, armaments, and supply by destroying their prearranged plans. Robert Lee makes bold moves to win victories. Lee was outnumbered two to one at Chancellorsville in May 1863; instead of just defending against the Union armies, he made an audacious move and split his army into two to encircle the enemy. Without Lee’s courageous move, the Confederacy might have lost another battle.
But it is true that maybe both parts could have looked out for the benefits of the people as a whole instead of their personal benefits. Lincoln principal positive effect on the civil war was actually before and during the war when Lincoln’s government had many attempts to prevent the confrontation, and when this one began he took the right decisions to win the war. One of the biggest effects on the civil war was the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which gave the slaves their liberty. Many would agree is that Abraham’s Lincoln effect on the civil war was positive but Lincoln made many mistakes or misjudgments during the war as well. Perhaps the biggest mistake Lincoln did was underestimating the South what caused many unnecessary deaths.
What many people don’t know is that the original intent of the Civil War was to preserve the Union. Many factors went into Lincoln’s decision to also address slavery through this war. For one, the number of men enlisting in the war was dwindling, and it became apparent that black manpower would be absolutely necessary to win the war. Also, the increasingly upset Radical Republicans and abolitionists let their opinions be known and persuaded the citizens of the North that the war could not be won without attacking the issue of slavery. Finally, Lincoln believed that transforming the dispute from a conflict to preserve the Union to a crusade against slavery would dissuade the threatening British and French from supporting the Confederacy.
Meade was criticized for not pursuing the Rebel forces after the battle, but that didn't shake Lincoln's faith in Meade. Meade held command of the Army of the Potomac until the end of the war and became the most successful and longest serving Union commander. There were many battles that followed the battle of Gettysburg. Some were more important than others, but all played a part in the outcome of the war. The victories by the Union at Petersburg and Richmond led General Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox.
The Union already had a stable, potent government and without the South’s opposing views, more laws on business could be passed to boost their economy. The northern states were already self-sufficient. Although, the citizens would have suffered great grief and loss from losing such a bloody war and their most-hated custom still existed, slavery. Nevertheless, I surmise another war would break out between the two countries on the issue of slavery because the Union had a strong opposition towards it that most likely would not be pacified unless the institution was abolished completely. The two needed each other because the South provided raw goods that were used to manufacture finished products the country and other ones could use, which profited for the both of them.
Its population was several times of the South's, which was a potential source for military enlistees. Although the South had better naval leadership and commanders, such as Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson, they lacked the number of factories and industries to produce needed war materials. Therefore, the North won the American Civil War due to the strength of their industrialized economy, rather than their commanders and strategies. The American Civil War was fought between the North (The Union) and the South (The Confederates), because of the South wanting to secede from the North. Lincoln's election as president in 1860, triggered southerners' decision to secede believing Lincoln would restrict their rights to own slaves.
The election of Abraham Lincoln only made matters worse for the southern states, as these were aware that republican candidates favored abolitionists and some encouraged their ideas to make slavery illegitimate. But if we are going to talk about who won the Civil War, between the Confederate and Union States, it can definitely be said that the Union won the war, and here are some reasons why. The Confederate states relied much upon the use of slavery, as this was part of their daily life and slavery was the force behind the economic stability of the South. While this was true for the South, the North on the other hand didn’t rely on such a system, hence it favored the abolition of the practice of having slaves and to treat them as “property”. When the war came knocking at the door, the North had more man power than the South, even though the men who were fighting for the southern states had more experience in military warfare the Union’s men outnumbered the south with more than double the amount of people fighting for the Confederate states, roughly speaking about two million men fought for the Union (Goldfield, 412).
McPherson, on the other hand, argues more convincingly that Lincoln accomplished the tasks of defeating the Confederacy and of freeing the slaves by combining these two tasks into one. McPherson and Hearn deal with the same time period, the same President and the same historical events, yet each brings his own interpretation or bias to his depiction of history. For both historians, their biases lead to flaws within their histories occasionally. For McPherson, Lincoln was not only one of the most successful Presidents in American history—he was also a supreme military and political commander who led his generals, as well as American politicians, to a daring victory. This view of Lincoln is not new—praise for Lincoln’s revolutionary leadership and war capabilities can be found d... ... middle of paper ... ...Lincoln’s skills and character enable him to develop a strong relationship with the material he covers, allowing him to form a cohesive and passionate argument.
North v.s. South At the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861 the Northerners thought that winning the war would end quickly and easily, but that was not the case. The Southerners had many advantages over the Northerners that made this war very hard to win. Both sides had advantages over each other that ranged from political, economic, social, and military strengths. The advantages showed what strategies they used during the war in order to win battles.