Farming In The Civil War

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The Civil War was the bloodiest war in America to date, the war claimed thousands of lives, and left many families without members.The North and South fought for many reasons, but the most notable was slavery. Farming was one of the many reasons the South was for keeping slaves, with lush soil, lots of farmland, a great climate, interesting physical factors such as small hills here and there, communication potential, political and cultural significance, and much more, made it obvious why the South wanted to keep their slaves.

A factor that affected the Civil War tremendously was population. The North had a plethora of people fighting for the Union, while the South, who had a diminished amount of residents, fought for the Confederates. The …show more content…

Wagons were essential, as they helped carry food, guns, wounded soldiers, soldiers, medical supplies, and mail. “They even carried office supplies and new technology for photography and communication.” Alongside wagons, railroads/trains were another addition to the new forms of transportation frequently used. At the time, they were much quicker than wagons, and President Lincoln had rails installed all across The United States sometime before the …show more content…

“Summer varying from 80 to 110°), greatly modified, however, by the cool and refreshing breezes which almost constantly blow from the west. It is now pretty generally known that Texas is happily free from most of the diseases of other climates.” Although, other sources say Texas had dry winds throughout spring.

A variety of crops were grown while the Civil War was going on, some crops include corn, cotton, potatoes, beans, peas, parsley, beets, and parsnips. Because of parchedness in Texas, it was extremely hard to plant crops, much less grow them. Farmers tried growing wheat, beans, potatoes, corn, parsley, and other plants, but they were very hard to grow and maintain due to Texas’s dry soil. A problem that has pestered Texas even now. One of the most popular crops to grow were beets, as they were able to grow in the barren soil of Texas.

It’s obvious that crops, transportation, population, communication, and climate affected the Civil War. Without wagons it would be much harder to transport items to soldiers in need. The North’ overwhelming amount of soldiers would still lead the South to loss. Maybe if the climate in Texas was more apt for farming, and the soil was better to plant crops in, The South would have been able to hold out longer until their inevitable

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