Asked • 04/24/19

What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?

At the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, both sides were very confident in a quick and easy victory. I can see why the North would think so: they had a better trained army, better infrastructure (including many more miles of railroad), and superior industry. Why were the southerners so confident they would win? Is it because the capital, Washington D.C., was so close to the front lines?

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Paul W. answered • 04/25/19

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