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There are many factors that contributed to the Souths loss of the civil war Not only was Southern leadership weak but the Southern army was significantly smaller than the Norths immigrant fed army draft and around 180000 slaves fighting for the abolishment of slavery The South also suffered severely from an insufficient transportation system for the movement of weaponry and goods As though this wasnt enough of a disadvantage for the South their dream of foreign intervention possibly by Britain was shattered by the diplomatic leadership of the North and a British oversupply of cotton that prevented manipulation of Britains markets With all that the Southerners had against them they also had a few important advantages over the North which they never really exploited enough to make any significant gains in the war One of these advantages was the strategic ability of not having to move over great expanses of land but rather being able to hold their position and wait for the Northerners to attack Another one of these advantages was a large amount of experience in the areas of horseback riding and weapon handling for most Southerners Though the army was smaller this in combination with superior military intelligence helped the South to wage a somewhat competitive war Robert E Lee considered by some to be one of the greatest war Generals of all time led the South to an amazing victory at the crucial battle of Gettysburg with the help of Stonewall Jackson As for governmental leadership the South had Jefferson Davis who had a good idea of a well-knit central government but who was at loggerheads with his people and his congressThe North in contrast to the South had a large army strong governmental leadership under the population pleasing and effective Abraham Lincoln Honest Abe had the advantage of controlling a population under a long established central government He was also tactful quiet and patient yet firm in his relations
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