A Study of the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Union and Confederate Army

The American Civil War consisted of two very strong armies between the Union and the Confederacy. However, these armies both had various strengths and weaknesses that contributed to the outcome of the Civil War. Some of the strengths of the Union included their control over the navy and transportation systems, their larger population, and their domination over the industries that supplied their weapons and other supplies. However, they lacked in military training and knowledge of southern landscape.

The South held strengths in military prowess, extreme belief in the war cause, and knowledge of their territory. They lacked, however, in access to transportation, industry, and numbers of soldiers. By examining these strengths and weaknesses exhibited by both sides, one can see how they led to the outcome of the civil war.

The Union had complete control over the Navy and so therefore had control over the surrounding waterways. This essentially suffocated the Confederacy because they could neither import or export any goods. Not only did the Union cut off access to waterways, but since most of the railroad mileage was located in the North, the Confederacy had very little room to transport supplies or foodstuffs to their armies.

One of the biggest things that led to the Union victory was the sheer size of the Union army. Once president Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation and brought thousands of the black population into fight for the Union, the South stood no chance due to the immense manpower obtained. Furthermore with access to most of the industry including all the weapon factories, the North was far better equipped to fight.

Although the North had the incredible upper hand, they also had their share of weaknesses. One of the biggest the Union faced was their soldiers’ lack of military training. Nearly every Military school was located in the South. So, although they had more soldiers, they were not as skilled as those of the Confederacy. Another great weakness of the North was that they were not very familiar or knowledgeable of the Southern terrain. They were fighting on foreign territory so often they were easily ambushed. With these few weaknesses and their incredible list of strengths, one can see how the Union was ultimately victorious.

The South’s main strength was their military prowess. Since nearly every military school was located in the South, most of the population was military trained and educated. This helped the South hold their ground for awhile even though they were outnumbered. Not only were these soldiers well trained, but they had a cause to fight which they held very dear to their heart. They truly feel they had a fight to be independent and so they fought accordingly.

Another strength of the South was their knowledge of their territory. They were fighting on their home ground and knew the terrain very well which made it easier to block off Union attacks. However, the South faced many weaknesses, They had little to no access to transportation because the north had almost all the railroads and control of the Navy. They were outnumbered and had little access to industries who produced supplies.

By examining the various strengths and weaknesses held by the Union and the Confederate armies one can see how these affected the outcome of the war and led to the ultimate defeat of the Confederacy. The Union possessed far more strengths than that of the Confederacy. The weaknesses of the South were too detrimental. The sheer manpower of the Union and their access to nearly every transportation system along with all the supply factories left the Confederacy to fight a losing battle.

Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with MyhomeworkGeeks
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
excellent job
Customer 452773, August 12th, 2023
Thank youuuu
Customer 452729, May 30th, 2021
Human Resources Management (HRM)
excellent job
Customer 452773, June 25th, 2023
ACC/543: Managerial Accounting & Legal Aspects Of Business
Customer 452773, January 10th, 2024
English 101
IThank you
Customer 452631, April 6th, 2021
Thank you
Customer 452811, February 17th, 2024
Impressive writing
Customer 452547, February 6th, 2021
Business and administrative studies
excellent paper
Customer 452773, March 3rd, 2023
Business Studies
Thank you very much for a good job done and a quick turn around time.
Customer 452615, March 31st, 2021
Business and administrative studies
Excellent work ,always done early
Customer 452773, February 21st, 2023
Thank you for your hard work and help.
Customer 452773, February 13th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
excellent work
Customer 452773, March 9th, 2023
Customer reviews in total
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
Customers referred by a friend
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat

Sometimes it is hard to do all the work on your own

Let us help you get a good grade on your paper. Get professional help and free up your time for more important courses. Let us handle your;

  • Dissertations and Thesis
  • Essays
  • All Assignments

  • Research papers
  • Terms Papers
  • Online Classes
Live ChatWhatsApp