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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2009 04:21 pm
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Henry wrote: Schulte- The sidebar poll works.

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.



Aslo, a substantial amount of crop land in the South, especially the deep South, was dedicated to inedible cash crops such as King Cotton and tobacco.

Another reason crops yields were down is that the men responsible for running farms and plantations were off to the war. The women had to manage slaves, not always successfully. Slaves left in droves to follow Union columns as the war wore on, reducing manpower on the plantations. Women who had no slaves found it difficult or impossible to keep their farms going as successfully as their husbands, sons and brothers had.

Another problem, especially in Virginia, but other Confederate states too, was that as armies of either side passed, they helped themselves liberally to what was being grown to eat and to what had been prepared or stored away. They stole livestock, knocked down fences, tramped through corn fields, stripped trees bare of fruit.

Fortunately for the North, other than notable exceptions such as Gettysburg, farms were not decimated by the ravages of war.

Last edited on Thu May 14th, 2009 04:21 pm by CleburneFan

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