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The South believed that it could win the war because it had its own advantages. Perhaps the two most important were its fighting spirit and its foreign relations.
The South felt that its men were better suited to fighting than Northerners. A disproportionate number of Army officers were from the South. Southerners rode horses and hunted much more than Northerners. This made the South feel its men would simply fight better than the Northerners.
The South felt that its foreign relations would help it win the war. It felt that cotton would accomplish this. The South believed that countries like France and especially England would need Southern cotton so much that they would side with the South and pressure the North to let the South be independent.
For these reasons, the South felt that it could overcome its disadvantages and win the war.
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