Ulysses S. Grant's Leadership In The American Civil War

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The American Civil War drastically intensified problems between the North and South, as well as disagreements among the citizens of those regions. The North had numerous advantages over the South during the war. They had a larger population which contributed to the amount of people serving and supporting the army. The majority of America’s profitable industries were within the Northern borders which helped the Union support and supply the army and residents. Due to the North having a far larger and better army and navy they were able to besiege the South. The North did this by taking over the Mississippi which led the South into having less territory. The South had more support from their people because they were fighting a defensive war to …show more content…

Jefferson Davis was the Confederates’ only president and had prior experience in battle due to participating in two battles in Mexico, (Robertson 57). Davis had about a successful political career for many years before becoming president. Compared to other men in his day he obtained a broader knowledge of army matters (Robertson 57). While Davis was one of the most experienced Confederate leaders, he was not the best at influencing others. Although it was difficult for the North to obtain good and experienced leaders they did have Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was victorious in war, and was an inspiration to many. Grant was able to lead and inspire the great numbers of the armies near the end of the war while he was the commanding general of the Union. A few years after the North won and the civil war ended Grant became president. Even with the troubles of finding skilled leaders to lead the vast numbers the North consisted of, they were still superior on the end. Another reason that the North were superior is due to the fact that they were able to supply and support their …show more content…

Due to the poor and unstable industries within the South, the Confederacy was not able to support and supply their army. The South had little to no food to supply their soldiers, due to the lack of farms. They were mainly focused on the cotton fields because the soil was damaged and all that could grow was cotton and cotton was the number one source of profit for them (Boyer 487). Besides cotton the South also made most of their money from the value slaves. Due to the war the South’s economy was fully destroyed, the output in the South decreased by 39% (Boyer 454). The North on the other hand had an overwhelming number in profitable industries. According to Edmunds the manufacture of the supplies is what drove the North to victory. The North was able to provide weapons, mainly iron, food, and clothes. Since the industries continued to grow for the North they were able to invest in more transportation ways. They had the material and the money with was beneficial to the Union. The North was able to get the supplies to the armies and navy due to having better

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