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How did the Union & Confederacy compare in terms of resources?

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The Union had more resources.  It controlled the factories, and had the raw materials and the resources to turn them into weapons and uniforms.  The South had limited manufacturing resources.  The only advantage the South had was familiarity with the territory, and closer food supplies.

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At first, it looked as though the Union had all the advantages and this would be a short war. First, the Union had the large population, people to fight in the war and work in the factories to make war materials.  The North also had the industrial base, the factories to make these war materials.  The Union also was wealthier than the Confederacy and could finance the war.  The Union had an established army and government, but the Confederacy would have to build their army and government from scratch.  Finally, the Union had a navy which they used to blockade the southern...

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The union had more railways and more industries than the south.