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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2009 03:20 am
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Schulte- The sidebar poll works.

Regarding food as an issue in the conflict, I do not believe the North felt a loss in Southern bid for independence. Northern and Western agriculture were sufficient to feed the civilian population and the rapidly growing military.
One of the reasons for the failure of the Confederacy, however, was the inability of the South to provide adequate nutrition. Bad crops in 1863 and 1864 led to the decline, along with the failure to gain support from Europe.

See The Journals of Josiah Gorgas for reference to the poor nutrition options of the Confederacy. Written by a man with a family to feed, one of whom became the Surgeon General of the United States.

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