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What factor or factors contributed most significantly to the defeat of the Confederacy?


At the time the US Civil War began, many in the south believed that they would be victorious, in large part because of the vast expanse of the Confederacy - about 750,000 square miles. Yet, the Union won. What gave the Union the victory?

 

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    Hxprof 15 months ago

    Absolutely - Lincoln was key to Union victory. Had McClellan won the election of 1864, it's likely that there would have been at least a truce between sides, and possibly an end to the war with the Confederacy partially intact.

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    Hxprof 15 months ago

    Good points. Do you think perhaps the South could have fought a "smarter" war and eventually sapped the North of the will to fight?


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    Hxprof 15 months ago

    Keeping Kentucky neutral was something that the Confederates absolutely should have done - it was entirely in their power to do it. Controlling Maryland was a much more difficult thing, and the same with the UK alliance.

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