Because the African Americans were unfavorable, black units were not used in combat as they might have been. Do you think South Carolina really would have bolted from the new nation if it did not win the concessions it sought? Do the Constitutional compromises over slavery seem balanced—that is, were the interests of both regions reasonably protected? Long simmering sectional tensions reached a critical stage in 1860–1861 when eleven slaveholding states seceded and formed the Confederate States of America.
Another example of poor planning as a leader was Burgoyne when he was marching towards Albany. The inviolability of the Union, most of the loyal citizenry’s pre-eminent concern throughout the conflict, was confirmed on the battlefield. After having being subjected to white governance and enslaved for so long, their dependence generated a sense of unfamiliarity with their newly acquired emancipation.
The greater population of the North allowed them to have a greater body from which to draw their armies (despite the fact that enlistment percentage was lower in the North than the South). Despite fissures along ethnic and class lines, the majority of Americans had much in common. The Confederacy, on the other hand, had few industrial outputs and had to therefore rely on foreign imports. The Confederacy worked off the doctrine of individual States’ Rights, which often times interfered with the greater good of the Confederacy. The advanced technology produced through the Civil War assisted in increasing number of casualties. One of which includes the fact that their industrial society allowed them to produce a larger amount of weapons of a higher quality. The nobles that were leading the army were not always the most qualified for the job.
As the fight to preserve the Union progressed, so did a number of other areas, such as weaponry and artillery. Which of these compromises would you expect to be most controversial: the fugitive slave provision, the three-fifths compromise, or the agreement to delay any ban on the slave trade? In the longer term, preservation of the Union made possible the American economic and political colossus of the next century.
Before the outbreak of war in April 1861, the American republic had survived diplomatic and military crises and internal stresses. This uncertainty sparked many debates regarding the most effectual way to go about receiving their “inalienable” rights as human beings, not merely substandard Negros as they were perceived to be. However, Rupert had a tendency to chase people for miles off a battlefield, leaving the rest of the army shorthanded. The fewer shipyards of the South also hindered its ability to transport and receive goods. A smarter leader would have realized that the baggage train that he had was way to big. He was not a good enough leader to instill the discipline in his troops to stay on the battlefield. Societies strict rules about who is allowed to move up in the ranks of the army seriously impaired their being many qualified leaders. How did economic and political factors help cause the south to lose the Civil War?
Northern monopolized industries allowed the Union to become fully self-sufficient and manufacture its own supplies. Could South Carolina have been bluffing—and if so, why do you suppose no one called South Carolina’s bluff? Why do you suppose there was no serious attempt to abolish slavery at this founding moment? Frederick Douglass thought that the military would help the African Americans have equal rights if they fought with them. The fact that the border states—where slavery was practiced—remained.
Political wrangling over economic issues such as the tariff, a national bank, and government-supported public works (called internal improvements in the nineteenth century) proved divisive but posed no serious threat to the integrity of the Union. One example of a leader who could have lost battle for an army was Prince Rupert. The social and economic system based on chattel slavery that the seceding states had sought to protect lay in ruins. The lack of efficient transportation within the South hampered the Confederate army’s ability to mobilize quickly and obtain supplies.